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I'd suggest that Perimeter81 is recommended when you want something that is easy to administrate, with little maintenance, unlike a VPN/secure network that you host and manage internally. We've had incidents when there has been downtime at Perimeter81, which has effectively locked us out of some of our secure services (anything locked down via IP). They have made improvements to their infrastructure and it seems to have improved in recent months, but this is something to keep in mind for critical connections
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Before Sophos, I would receive scammers regarding tradeshow lists. People wanted me to pay for lists, but these people weren't actually from the tradeshows. I can now block those, and have received much fewer of those scams. I am also able to open emails within quarantine to view them before deleting, releasing, allowing, or blocking. I use this to my advantage, and am able to make better decisions on what to do with the emails.
Read full review Pros Simple easy to read icon. You can hover over and see if you are logged in via the systems tray on your computer. Easy to switch between regions around the world. Read full review Sophos does an excellent job of category-based content filtering. It's easy to configure and flexible for many environments with the ability to tighten or loosen restrictions as requirements determing. Sophos' built-in capabilites can force safe search rules to protect against content work-arounds like Image search and search engines in general. The Sophos XTreme architecture also helps improve the overall performance of the Web Content Filtering solution. It is very quick and very transparent when in use on the network. Read full review Cons Customer support was lacking before, now seems better. Had much difficulty using Chrome as my browser to install the app. Increase the throughput speeds at time would be nicer. Read full review It only allows UTF-8 encoded characters. It does not support metadata. It does not support comments in the custom filter file. Read full review Alternatives Considered
In the beginning, it was a bit rough getting it to work and getting any kind of quality support from customer service. But recently they really improved their service and customer service. I believe they raise 100M in new funding which provides them the resources to make a better product with better tools and a better help desk.
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Sophos has been a much easier product to configure and eventually manage, with preset rules and policies to start off right out of the box, saving administrators time from adding every category and or site. However you can add/import all know good company sites (internal url's) as well as local sites for a safer settings. (know sites)
Read full review Return on Investment I think it is just a cost of doing business. I don't think the cost is too prohibitive. We also use it as an example of what a small cost can provide big protection for your security. Read full review Super positive impact, the Sandstorming Add On, it increases protection at it's maximum level (for new or existent/variant threats). Customers often have the need of a system capable of report everything that the network is being handed, Sophos Web Content Filtering achieves this. The ROI is very fast since top management quickly see results on filtering and reporting of what is really going on within their networks. Read full review ScreenShots