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Secure your website with the most comprehensive WordPress security plugin. Firewall, malware scan, blocking, live traffic, login security & more.

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The Internet has become an integral part of our lives. From shopping to reading newspapers, everything is now done online. Billions of websites have made our life easier than ever. However, with every opportunity, there is also a threat lurking behind it.

Websites are not any different. That is why website security has been one of the most important issues for cyber specialists. WordPress, the largest Content Management System also faces the same problem. Because it is an open-source software and anyone can use, study, change, and redistribute its source code.

Therefore, it is not impossible to plant any unwanted line of code to any of the plugins. That’s why many security specialists are now providing security plugin for WordPress websites.

That is why we are going to discuss one of the most popular security plugin “Wordfence Security” in today’s article.

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Why Does WordPress Safety Matter?

As we said, WordPress is the largest CMS in the world with over 35% of websites in the world built using this platform. This kind of popularity made it a target for hackers and evil-doers. WordPress is well aware of this and they now have a security team of 50 people consisting of security specialists to prevent any attack from happening.

However, after all the security measures being taken by WordPress, the threat is still there and WordPress security issue is still a challenge. This is because WordPress is a platform where anybody without prior coding knowledge can build a website. That’s why many of them don’t even know if a malicious code is planted on their website. And even if someone can, it’s not possible to check all the code every day. So what do we do?

You can follow a step by step guide for WordPress security or we can use an alternative method which can solve all the problem at once.

One of the best ways a WordPress site owner can ensure website security is by using security plugins. There are a lot of security plugins available online, but here we will talk about Wordfence Security, the most downloaded security plugin for WordPress.

What is Wordfence Security?

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Like the name suggests, Wordfence Security is a security plugin for WordPress. It has an active installation of more than 3 million where no other security plugin crossed the 1 million mark on the WordPress plugin repository.

So, why do so many people choose this plugin to tackle the WordPress security issue? Throughout this article, we will try to find the answer to this question. If you want to know why Wordfence Security is so popular and If you should use it too, read the next parts carefully.

Basic Features Of The Wordfence Security Plugin

Wordfence Security works as a malware scanner and a firewall for your website. It also has a premium version. But unless you are being very careful, the free version has all the necessary features that will get your basic security covered.

Features in The Free Version

  • A 24/7 firewall for your website that finds and blocks every malicious traffic of your website
  • Ensures endpoint security, meaning your connection with an endpoint client can’t be breached
  • Built-in malware scanner that checks for everything suspicious on your core files, themes, and plugins and eliminates malware, bad URLs, backdoors, SEO spam, malicious redirects, and code injections
  • Warns you if it finds any dissimilarity in codes on core files, themes, and plugins with their counterpart on WordPress repository
  • Checks and alerts you for many common security issues and vulnerabilities.

It Also Ensures Login Security For WordPress Websites With Some Nifty Features. Such As:

  • TOTP based two-factor authentication for maximum security
  • Prevents bots from signing in to your website by using login page CAPTCHA
  • Does not allow website administrators to log in with known compromised passwords
  • Limit login attempts to prevent brute force attacks from happening.

Basic Functionalities of The Pro Version

  • Real-time firewall and malware signature update that you’ll get in the free version after 30 days
  • Realtime IP blocklist that blocks all the requests from malicious IPs
  • Checks and alert you if your site has been blacklisted for spamming or any other security issues
  • It can block all the IPs from specific countries.

Pros & Cons

Wordfence Security has a tremendous amount of popularity among WordPress users, because of its great functionalities. That doesn’t mean that it has no lacking. So let’s have a brief look at the Pros & Cons of this plugin, shall we?

Pros

  • Wordfence Security has an array of features on its free version, that makes it capable of being your primary security plugin for a small website
  • The Premium version offers features like live tracking of your traffic and how attacks are being handled
  • Provides regular firewalls and malware database updates.

Cons

  • Wordfence Security is a pretty heavy plugin. Because of this, we have seen a noticeable decline in our site performance after installing it. Although there is an option to limit storage use, it might still feel heavy if your site runs on a shared hosting and low storage
  • Wordfence Security does have some excellent features, but unfortunately, some of the features are aimed at experienced security professionals. A regular site owner might face difficulties to understand all the options and what they do
  • Free version delays all security updates for 30 days, meaning you will be under potential threat for the time being. Thus, it is advised to use the premium version if possible.

Wordfence Pricing

Wordfence Security provides a pretty good job with its free version. But if you want real-time firewall and malware database updates and some more useful features, you can upgrade to the premium version.

Wordfence Security Pricing

The pricing depends on the number of sites you want to protect. The more sites you discount you can avail. A standard premium license for a single website costs just $99/year. You can also get a one time discount of 10% if you buy the license for two years and 20% if you buy for three years straightway.

Other Security Plugins Compare To Wordfence Security

Before you go on to choose any plugin, it’s always a smart thing to compare that with some other similar plugin. Luckily WP Hive made it very easy to compare between plugins.

For your convenience, we have come up with an even more detailed comparison with Wordfence and some of the most popular security plugins. And this is what we found out.

FeaturesWordfence SecuritySucuri SecurityiThemes SecurityAll In One WordPress SecurityMalcare Security
Malware ProtectionYesYesYesYes
FirewallYesPremiumYesYesYes
Real-time IP BlacklistPremiumYes
Core Integrity CheckYesYesYesYesYes
NotificationsYesYesYesYesYes
Brute Force ProtectionYesPremiumYesYesYes
Login Page CaptchaYesYesYes
Two Factor AuthorizationYesPremium
Country BlockingYes
Active Installation3 millions +700k +900k +800k +10k +
Pricing$99/yr$19.98/mo$52/yrFree$99/yr

From the comparison table above, you can get a clear understanding of security plugins and their features.

Finally, what about our views on Wordfence Security? Is the free version capable of protecting your site? Also, is the premium version worth the price? Let’s head over to the performance test to know more.

Performance Checking of Wordfence Security Through WP Hive

WP Hive has an impressive feature that lets you check the performance of a WordPress plugin. You can check the performance of any plugin that you like before you decide to install or even buy that. This helps you to make a smarter decision. So, we have also done the same and checked the performance of Wordfence Security with WP Hive, and got some pretty contrasting results.

Initial Test

The first part of the performance test is all about the quality of the plugin. And Wordfence Security is passed this test with ease. It is compatible with the latest WordPress and PHP versions. There are no code errors, neither there are any activation error.

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However, as we already informed you, Wordfence Security is a memory-hungry plugin and that reflects on the performance tests.

Performance

Wordfence Security uses as much as 3898.97 KB memory on average, which is more than 99% of plugins. Impressively, it increases the page loading time of your website 0.13 seconds on average.

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Stats

Wordfence Security is one of the most downloaded plugin from WordPress repository. Its 649k installation in a single week when reviewed this plugin, is a testament to its popularity. You can also check some more stats of the plugin below.

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Our Verdict

Wordfence Security has been around for a long period. Over time it has become one of the most comprehensive security plugins for WordPress. The free version has some excellent features to keep your website safe. The pro version exceeded our expectations and surely outperformed every other security plugins that we tested. This is one of the best security plugins that you can put your trust in.

If you have a new and small website, we recommend you to continue with the free version, as it has almost all the features that the premium version offers. However, for a larger website, you will not want to have any loopholes. So we recommend using the pro version for a larger website.

So, that was it for our Wordfence Security review. We hope this article will clear your doubt about whether you should use Wordfence Security or not. Let us know what do you think. Also, you can share your experience with Wordfence, waiting to listen from you!

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Tests done by WP Hive test script Results
  • Minimal impact on memory usage The memory usage of this plugin is less than the average memory usage of other plugins on WordPress.org + 200KB. Check FAQ for more.
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  • Minimal impact on pagespeed The impact of this plugin on PageSpeed is less than the average impact of other plugins on WordPress.org + 1000 milliseconds
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  • No PHP errors, warning, notices WP Hive automated test found no PHP error while activating this plugin on our server
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  • No Javascript issues WP Hive automated test found no JavaScrip error while activating this plugin on our server
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  • Latest PHP 8.1.12 compatible WP Hive automated test found the plugin fully compatible with the latest version of PHP
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  • Latest WordPress 6.4.3 compatible WP Hive automated test found the plugin fully compatible with the latest version of WordPress
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  • Optimized database footprint The plugin creates less than 50 database tables
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  • No activation errors WP Hive automated test found no activation error while activating this plugin on our server
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  • No resource errors WP Hive automated test found no resource error/s while trying this plugin on our server
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  • Frequently updated The plugin was updated at least once in the last 90 days
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  • No problems were detected during tests.
  • All the plugins are tested on the same server with exactly same configuration via test script that automatically activates and logs the data WP Hive shows.

    • All the scripts run on a VPS with 8 CPU cores and 8 GB of RAM.
    • The test sites are hosted on Google Cloud VM instances, one site/plugin per instance. The machine type is n1-standard-1. The server is a 8 core CPU with 8GB of RAM.
    • The test sites are hosted on Apache/2 server and they are tested on PHP 8.1.12 & WordPress 6.4.3.
    • The database server is MySQL 10.6.10 and the default PHP memory limit is 512M.
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    Description

    THE MOST POPULAR WORDPRESS FIREWALL & SECURITY SCANNER Wordfence includes an endpoint firewall and malware scanner that were built from the ground up to protect WordPress. Our Threat Defense Feed arms Wordfence with the newest firewall rules, malware signatures and malicious IP addresses it needs to keep your website safe. Rounded out by 2FA and a suite of additional features,....

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    Memory Usage

    • Download Icon Average memory usage is81.15 KB
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    Page Speed

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    Speed Test Benchmark Learn more how we collect the data

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    /wp-admin/index.php
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    /wp-admin/options-discussion.php
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    /wp-admin/edit-comments.php
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    /wp-admin/edit.php
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    /wp-admin/index.php
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    /wp-admin/options-discussion.php
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    /wp-admin/options-writing.php
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    /wp-admin/post-new.php
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