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Wordfence Security

Wordfence Security is a free enterprise class security and performance plugin that makes your site up to 50 times faster and more secure.

25 reviews
Average Rating
4 stars
4.9 out of 5 stars
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1 star
Too big for the little guys
By , for WP 3.9.2

I installed the plug in and tried to run my first scan. Got this error.

[Aug 21 19:20:54] Contacting Wordfence to initiate scan
[Aug 21 19:20:56] Scan terminated with error: WordFence API error: Wordfence is currently experiencing high load and our servers are giving scan priority to paid customers. Please try your scan again in a few seconds.

Waited 30 minutes and tried again. Same issue. if this is the error we are going to get then they should only cater to paid members. That's obviously who they care about...

I was not opposed to paying after trying it out. But I could not even run my first scan. Thanks for nothing guys. Huge Fail in my book, no matter how good your product may have been.

1 star
Premium User: Poor Service Destroys All Other Value
By , for WP 3.9.2

After being very impressed with the free version, I upgraded to Wordfence Premium in the middle of a serious session of hacks on my site, requiring expert insight into critical notifications received.
I hope I am an exception to the rule, but my experience of Wordfence's Premium support consists of receiving emails from it confirming support tickets being issued.

1 star
Suspicious
By , for WP 3.9.1

I run about 15 wordpress sites.

This plugin has a great collection of reviews so i thought i'd try it out.

I ran this plugin for about 2 months.

Shortly after installing, i started getting suspicious login attempts and plenty of ads to upgrade wordfence.

I wonder if with the collection of reviews that this plugin has generated, now they're adjusting things to push sales?

Hmmmmm, that would be a tactic. I uninstalled this.

1 star
Scans not running
By , for WP 3.9.1

Support has been dilatory and unhelpful.
Wordfence used to be good, now I have deleted it.

1 star
Made my page unaccessably slow
By , for WP 3.9.1

I have installed this plugin, and it was OK at the beginning. I liked it's features, but after the site became pretty complex (if I can say that installing a stock premium theme + demo content -all together 13mb zipped- makes it pretty complex) it became so slow that it took 4-5 minutes just to load the login page. I tested it from different locations and ISP's to make sure it's not a local problem, also contacted my host, and they double checked the server for me. When the plugin started scanning the 4-5 minutes increased to unaccessabilty. Disabling only this plugin reverted everything to normal 2-5 second loading speed.I was even debating with my host over the matter, because I was so sure, that the problem is at their side, sadly I was wrong.
I don't recommend using this plugin untill it's really fixed! As previous posters said it eats up the memory of your server, I didn't checked this fact, but the effects was pretty convincig.

1 star
Wordfence is highly likely to breakd your WordPress Multisite.
By ,

Broke my multisite. Like alot of other people, Wordfence causes login problems with redirecting the wp-admin. Giving me a headache.

1 star
Find no one from 3 hackers injections
By , for WP 3.9.1

I've a blog attacked by hackers and which contains 3 files with
malicious code. After I've cured blog, I put malicious code back,
install Wordfence and run scan.
Nothing was found!!!
Very impressive result.

1 star
Might be good, but never 100% worked for me.
By ,

I really like the concept of Wordfence and paid for it expecting timely tech support if necessary. I installed, turned on Falcon, and my whole website of about 3,000 blog pages ended up with 404 errors for all but the home page. I had no idea how to trouble shoot this, and tried to get on pace with a technical support process that needed full admin access to my website backend. That was fine, but backend access for a stranger was not something I prefered to leave in place for days on end, which is what the support process appeared to require. Nor could I leave the broken website broken for trouble shooting, as it's a fully monetized blog with up to 15,000 unique visitors a day. I'm giving this one star rating for now, will revisit in a few months and see if the support threads have calmed down, and if there is a new version to try.

The refund was prompt and courteous.

Thanks, MTN

1 star
Another advertising plugin that lies you to sell
By , for WP 3.9

I just installed the plugin, and it's not more than a sales counter to sell you a service.
It even goes beyond "the mechanic telling you to change stuff which is fine" (normal for virus-scanner software).

The buttons for "view what is different" on the fake scan results for a plugin marked as "DIFFERENT THAN THE VERSION IN REPOSITORY!" doesn't even take you anywhere.

I took the task to find the repository for the exact version (Akismet 2.2.7) and compared it myself with the version in my site, and THEY ARE IDENTICAL. Byte by byte.

Other features other than "SCAN AND LIE TO ME" or "UPGRADE" don't work either. It just takes you to a not found page.

My site IS infected with some spamming code, and this didn't even found it in my theme files.

Again, this is just a useless window to sell you something you might even not need, based on terror.

Useless.

1 star
Out of Memory Error
By ,

Made my blog slow and unusable.

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