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  • Resolved wafwaf



    We love Wordfence. An IT friend is recommending to add “shield” plugin in addition.

    In your opinion:

    Can we have Wordfence and Shield free versions co-exist? Will there be any benefit in having them both or are we taxing our site and both have the duplicate features? Is one better than the other? (The last question is not fair since we know you love Wordfence even more than we do, but please try to offer a fair assessment if possible).

    Thank you so much in advance. Stay safe.

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  • Hi @wafwaf,

    I haven’t used Shield Security, but reading over its feature list – it mentions that it has 2-Factor Authentication, which may cause some issues with the existing 2FA that Wordfence has implemented. Both plugins hook onto the login portion of WordPress, so it’s likely to conflict with each other. Therefore, I would recommend against having both security plugins active on your site.

    As for which plugin I’d recommend, here’s my opinion:

    1. Wordfence security network

    All websites that have Wordfence installed (over 3M+) sends over attack data, and we then distribute an automatic IP block list of malicious attackers. Shield also has one, but simply because Wordfence is installed on more machines, the list provided has more coverage.

    2. Wordfence is more verbose

    I’ll admit that Wordfence does send out a lot more emails than other plugins. A lot of the times, it’s just notifying me about files in places where they shouldn’t be. Shield might be what you’re looking for if you want to tone down the notifications on your site relating to security.

    3. Wordfence rules are updated frequently

    Because Wordfence’s userbase is so massive, we’re constantly getting new samples of exploits on sites – and we’re then able to get other sites up-to-speed on the new attacks.


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