Compare SEON vs Sift

Compare SEON vs Sift

October 13, 2021

Both Sift and SEON have seen immense growth in recent years, see how the two compare and which will work best for your company in the fight against fraud with this comparison article.

Disclaimer: Everything written about the companies mentioned in this article was gleaned from online research including user reviews. We did not have time to manually test all the tools. However, we ensured the information was correct as of Summer 2021. Feel free to contact us to request an update/correction.

About Sift

Sift provides fraud prevention tools to minimize financial loss and brand damage through one single portal. Founded in 2011, the company has grown over the decade to a point where in April 2021 they raised $50m to go over a company valuation of $1 billion. 

They were supported in its early stages through seed money startup accelerator YCombinator and now work with more than 34,000 sites and apps including AirBnB, McDonalds and Doordash.

Sift Key products

  • Sift’s main offering is their ‘Digital Trust and Safety Suite’ which encompasses all of their individual APIs to stop fraud, streamline operations and boost revenue.
  • Account Defense is their account takeover (ATO) specific module that protects user accounts through machine learning with the ability to apply 2FA where necessary.
  • Their Payment Protection product uses data from their global network to train its machine learning models to analyse a given data point all in real-time, with an emphasis on automation.
  • Sift also offers a Dispute Management module which looks to minimise chargeback risk and a Content Integrity product that blocks spam, scams, and other malicious content to safeguard the integrity of a given platform.

Pros of Sift
  • Cover most key areas of fraud including a specialised chargeback module.
  • Affordable long term contracts to help lift the pressure of your operations through its Digital Trust and Safety Suite.
  • A range of products that goes beyond just fraud with its Content Integrity product for businesses that work on developing online communities.
  • Utilising blackbox AI allows for lots of volume to be analysed with next to no input from the user side, more tailored for those handling masses amounts of transactions.

Cons of Sift
  • Blackbox AI models do not allow as much insight into how a decision on a given transaction was reached or the journey of the customer.
  • Furthermore, due to its blackbox model, there is a lack of machine learning suggestions or advice tailored to the data it’s receiving creating room for more false positives.
  • No access to real-time social media lookups, therefore harming your ability to understand the customer. It is worth noting that data can quickly become stale or be relatively limited for emerging markets.
  • Despite offering individual APIs, these are not available to be applied with other Sift products thus creating a lack of flexibility with your risk management stack.
  • No free trial availability. 

SEON Vs Sift Features Comparison Table

SEON Sense


Data aggregation

IP Analysis Yes YES
Email data enrichment  Yes Yes
Phone data enrichment Yes Yes
Find user social media Yes, checks 35+ platforms No
Device Fingerprinting Yes Yes
BIN for transaction Yes Yes
Behaviour tracking Yes, via custom rules Yes
User authentication Via cookie and browser hash Yes via Account Defense.   

Risk analysis

Custom rules Yes No
Machine learning suggestions Yes No
Industry preset rules Yes No (Blackbox AI model)
Risk score Yes Yes via Sift Score

Integration / deployment

API calls Yes No Tiered system
Modular APIs Yes Yes 
Custom API fields Yes Yes
GUI Yes Yes
Chrome extension Yes  No
Manual query Yes No
Graph visualization No Yes
Reporting Yes Yes
Team management Yes Yes
Integration with other tools Yes, via Zapier No


Chargeback guarantee No No
Free integration Yes Yes
Free support Yes Yes
Free trial Yes No
Cost per month Flexible tiered pricing based on API requests starting from €99. N/A

Where Sift Wins Over SEON

  • Sift has set up its product stack to be targeted for larger businesses that handle huge amounts of transactions on a daily basis.
  • Their blackbox AI helps streamline operations and remove necessary human resources for you to spend time focusing elsewhere.

Where SEON Wins Over Sift

  • Using a whitebox AI requires more human interaction but provides more flexibility for you to accept more transactions and minimise false positives. 
  • Furthermore, SEON is able to offer more industry specific rulesets and our machine learning model will offer suggestions based on current transaction flow.
  • SEON’s industry leading social media lookup tool helps create a more holistic profile of any incoming customers.

G2 Comparison

seon vs sift

SEON vs Sift Conclusion

Choose SEON if
  • You are looking for a similar tool that analyses data but provides more flexibility to optimise your revenue. Create detailed customer profiles with our social media lookup tool which is especially useful if your business is entering emerging markets where existing data can be limited.

Choose Sift if
  • You are seeking for a fraud prevention product that analyses masses amounts of transaction data and takes the majority of the heavy lifting off your hands.   
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