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29 Ratings

Barracuda Essentials

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Score 9.3 out of 100
3 Ratings
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Score 5 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Barracuda Essentials

The Barracuda Essentials solution is definitely a great alternative to network security and especially corporate email to prevent employees from clicking on malicious links, spam, phishing, trojans and ransonware. The solution today is implemented in almost all sectors of the company and we have control of everything and good protection guaranteeing principles of compliance and security.
Gabriel Silva | TrustRadius Reviewer

WatchGuard XCS (Discontinued)

I like it because it tends to block out some of the things that shouldn't get in our inboxes, but they somehow end up in our mailboxes sometimes, not a big deal. The main thing that needs to be blocked out is any phishing and it keeps those emails out!
Leticia Waller | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Secure Email Gateway

Barracuda Essentials
8.8
WatchGuard XCS (Discontinued)
Anti-malware
Barracuda Essentials
9.5
WatchGuard XCS (Discontinued)
Cusomizability
Barracuda Essentials
8.4
WatchGuard XCS (Discontinued)
Data Loss Protection
Barracuda Essentials
9.0
WatchGuard XCS (Discontinued)
Threat Detection
Barracuda Essentials
9.3
WatchGuard XCS (Discontinued)
Sandboxing
Barracuda Essentials
8.6
WatchGuard XCS (Discontinued)
End-to-End Encryption
Barracuda Essentials
8.8
WatchGuard XCS (Discontinued)
Management Tools
Barracuda Essentials
8.2
WatchGuard XCS (Discontinued)

Pros

Barracuda Essentials

  • Barracuda Essentials Spam Filtering works and it is very easy to add or remove senders from the Spam filter lists.
  • Barracuda Essentials provides excellent protection from Phishing and other Malware.
  • Barracuda Essentials email encryption is so easy to use and easy to setup. Our users love it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

WatchGuard XCS (Discontinued)

  • Very Secure!
  • Easy to use and set up.
  • Great to keep things safe for employees and employer.
Leticia Waller | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Barracuda Essentials

  • Encryption is always on. There's NO way to turn it off so false encryption leads to real issues. Many banks and other companies cannot read/accept encrypted email. There should be a "Do Not Encrypt" type of keyword to prevent encryption (competing products have this).
  • There's no indication an email was encrypted (like with Proofpoint or ZIX mail).
  • MSP management interface needs work. You have to request licenses by email and wait. Pretty archaic today. Most competing product sites let MSP's increase/decrease licensing as needed, immediately.
Bill Artemik | TrustRadius Reviewer

WatchGuard XCS (Discontinued)

  • I would like to see why the multi WAN doesn't work at times!
  • Can be a little slow.
  • Some things are blocked for no reason.
Leticia Waller | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Barracuda Essentials

Barracuda Essentials 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Its the best email security gateway product I have used.
Victor Borghouts | TrustRadius Reviewer

WatchGuard XCS (Discontinued)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Barracuda Essentials

Barracuda Essentials 9.0
Based on 8 answers
Barracuda Essentials is simple to use. It has a user dashboard that is simple to navigate even for those who have few computer skills. One can barely realize that the program is even running in the background heading off those emails that can cause damage to my computer or our overall system.
Neisha Pander | TrustRadius Reviewer

WatchGuard XCS (Discontinued)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Barracuda Essentials

Barracuda Essentials 8.7
Based on 9 answers
This is the best tool in the industry. It provides the best support on top of the product. If one has any trouble configuring things or troubleshooting things, Barracuda's support is renowned for resolving bugs and issues as well as assisting troubleshooting and fixing issues. I would highly recommend it as it covers all email security bases.
Derek Schroeder | TrustRadius Reviewer

WatchGuard XCS (Discontinued)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Barracuda Essentials

Essentials is far more user-friendly - far more customizable and seems to perform better than ATP. We used ATP for a while and found it a bit clunky and the user interface not as easy to use as Barracuda's. The easy to use GUI interface of Barracuda was one of the factors (in many) that swayed us to use Essentials.
Peter Robinson | TrustRadius Reviewer

WatchGuard XCS (Discontinued)

I suggest WatchGuard because they offer so much. They offer the way to keep email and websites blocked that don't belong and they also help us connect to the server whenever we remote in from work. Everything is done with so much ease and there is not any hassle.
Leticia Waller | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Barracuda Essentials

  • Barracuda Essentials has had a very positive impact especially since the Pandemic with many remote workers. Our IT objective is 99.9% uptime with many redundancy fail safes in place. Barracuda Essentials helps meet that objective by protecting the vast amount of email we receive daily.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

WatchGuard XCS (Discontinued)

  • It helps our computers be safe.
  • Less worrying about IT fixing bugs on computers.
  • Their beliefs are inline with ours.
Leticia Waller | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Barracuda Essentials

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

WatchGuard XCS (Discontinued)

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Barracuda Essentials
9.3
WatchGuard XCS (Discontinued)
10.0

Likelihood to Renew

Barracuda Essentials
9.1
WatchGuard XCS (Discontinued)

Usability

Barracuda Essentials
9.0
WatchGuard XCS (Discontinued)

Support Rating

Barracuda Essentials
8.7
WatchGuard XCS (Discontinued)

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