Barracuda Content Shield vs. Lightspeed Filter

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Barracuda Content Shield
Score 8.0 out of 10
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Barracuda Content Shield and Content Shield Plus for MSPs are cloud-based service that combines robust content filtering, file-based protection, granular policy enforcement and reporting, simple centralized management, and real-time threat intelligence to protect users and organizations. Its proxy-free architecture ensures minimal latency.N/A
Lightspeed Filter
Score 8.2 out of 10
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Lightspeed Filter (formerly Relay), from Lightspeed Systems in Austin, offers insights to help understand and maximize the use of 1:1 classroom devices, keep users safe and increase the educational return on technology investments. Lightspeed Systems aims to help users make decisions to enhance technology use, report up administrators, present to your board, reassure concerned parents, empower teachers, and direct students on appropriate use. According to the vendor, Lightspeed Filter powers…N/A
Pricing
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Pricing Offerings
Barracuda Content ShieldLightspeed Filter
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsPriced per student device. Quote available upon request.
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User Ratings
Barracuda Content ShieldLightspeed Filter
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(2 ratings)
9.0
(5 ratings)
Usability
7.0
(1 ratings)
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Support Rating
8.0
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User Testimonials
Barracuda Content ShieldLightspeed Filter
Likelihood to Recommend
Barracuda Networks, Inc.
Barracuda Content Shield is well suited to large companies with many employees that are based in many areas and have various aspects of their job that need them to be on the internet at all times and in many cases opening themselves to many threats. It may be less appropriate for small companies that are in individualized clusters
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Lightspeed Systems
Lightspeed web filtering using the Chromebook Relay agent is amazing and does a great job for a cloud filtering solution. The reports that are available are great and can be customized and retains data for 90 days. Reports are easily shared with staff and/or parents for transparency and disciplinary reasons. The agent for Lightspeed (Relay) does not work well with OSX and works okay in Windows, but doesn't allow you to access local IP addresses in the web browser. There needs to be a way to bypass filtering for local network access. This can make it unusable in some cases.
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Pros
Barracuda Networks, Inc.
  • Easy to use
  • Layout of program looks like an email so its easy to read and identify
  • Helped many suspicious senders from getting into our system
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Lightspeed Systems
  • Reduces bandwidth consumption.
  • Improves network performance.
  • It is compatible with a variety of operating systems, including Windows, Mac OS, and Linux.
  • It can be implemented in both wired and wireless networks.
  • It can be installed in minutes and you can configure its settings with a few clicks.
  • Learning environments work.
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Cons
Barracuda Networks, Inc.
  • Increased policy customization
  • Filtering policy preferences
  • Increased manual settings
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Lightspeed Systems
  • Expanded reporting capability
  • More granular data
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Usability
Barracuda Networks, Inc.
I think the program is easy to use, I think there are more functions it can have or better ability to customize the layout so it doesn't look so plain
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Support Rating
Barracuda Networks, Inc.
I have only had to call twice for access issues but it has been overall a normal experience.
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Alternatives Considered
Barracuda Networks, Inc.
Barracuda Content Shield was compared to this product and in our opinion was more robust and cost effective for our growing firm. Barracuda allowed us to create filtering that worked for our firm and allowed us to make the customization easy so that all employees had access to what they needed and were not shut out.
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Lightspeed Systems
The Lightspeed filter has done a much better job with false-positive flagging. We have reduced the number of reported false-positive blocks by about 20% with Lightspeed. The Lightspeed interface is more intuitive and easy to navigate and configure than iboss. The reporting with iboss was a little more extensive than the reporting with Lightspeed.
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Return on Investment
Barracuda Networks, Inc.
  • Increased Reporting Times
  • Threat Training time increase
  • Policy enforcement increased time
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Lightspeed Systems
  • All positive.
  • Not a lot of management needed once deployed.
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ScreenShots

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