Barracuda Content Shield vs. Smoothwall SWG

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
Smoothwall SWG
Score 6.9 out of 10
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Smoothwall SWG is the web security gateway and content filtering from UK company Smoothwall.N/A
Pricing
Barracuda Content ShieldSmoothwall SWG
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Barracuda Content ShieldSmoothwall SWG
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Barracuda Content ShieldSmoothwall SWG
Top Pros
Best Alternatives
Barracuda Content ShieldSmoothwall SWG
Small Businesses

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Medium-sized Companies
Check Point Quantum Security Gateway
Check Point Quantum Security Gateway
Score 9.1 out of 10
Check Point Quantum Security Gateway
Check Point Quantum Security Gateway
Score 9.1 out of 10
Enterprises
Check Point Quantum Security Gateway
Check Point Quantum Security Gateway
Score 9.1 out of 10
Skyhigh Secure Web Gateway
Skyhigh Secure Web Gateway
Score 9.5 out of 10
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User Ratings
Barracuda Content ShieldSmoothwall SWG
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(2 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
7.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.0
(1 ratings)
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User Testimonials
Barracuda Content ShieldSmoothwall SWG
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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Smoothwall
Smoothwall SWG is very suitable in companies where there is a lot of staff and power to distribute the bandwidth by areas and give priority to the staff that requires better service. It's also well suited for business that require protection of their data and services as it is constantly monitoring the network and does not let them enter dangerous sites.
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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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Smoothwall
  • Real-time IP filtering is very favorable. That helps limit and restrict prohibited content.
  • Elaboration of personalized reports of the activities or pages that users visit to make new blocking rules to the pages most visited by users that may damage the functioning of the servers.
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Cons
Barracuda Networks, Inc.
  • Increased policy customization
  • Filtering policy preferences
  • Increased manual settings
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Smoothwall
  • It is necessary for them to have more material or a community that can help expand knowledge about this software so users can use 100% of their tools.
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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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Smoothwall
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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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Smoothwall
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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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Smoothwall
Smoothwall SWG has many tools similar to pfSense but in my opinion I like the graphical environment of smoothwall swg more. It is more didactic and simple to use for new users. Also pfSense lacks the tools for monitoring in real time and the elaboration of reports that helps to perform statistics on sites visited.
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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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Smoothwall
  • This software helps a lot and is very economical, since it is free and it can be installed in equipment with low performance. That is of importance to companies with little budget or who are just starting out in the market.
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