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California-based Barracuda Networks offers a web content filtering solution.https://dudodiprj2sv7.cloudfront.net/product-logos/IU/3V/7JBIDJPH5DH3.pngBarracuda Web Filter - the "Cadillac" of Content Filtering and Reporting of Website UsageI have implemented Web Filter appliances for clients when they are needing to perform thorough Content Filtering. The Web Filter appliance does an amazing job of producing detailed reports of web usage as well as blocking / allowing websites for different groups of users across an organization.,Extremely detailed Content Filtering allows for customized access based on Username or Security Group within Active Directory or simple IP Address filtering. Reporting features to review website usage, duration, and frequency. Executives love to review these reports to determine employee productivity. Useful categories of websites to blanket stop access to social media, shopping, gaming, etc.,As a web filtering appliance, it truly does not have any flaws. There are multiple appliances based on throughout and storage space. As long as the appliance is adequately sized it works very well. Pricing could be a consideration. There are many products that perform thorough Content Filtering, but this is the "Cadillac" of Content Filtering for companies that want thorough reporting.,8,Positive: extremely thorough reporting for executives to determine employee productivity. Positive: individual users or security groups can be implemented to specialize website access. Negative: very populated industry of options, pricey in comparison.,SonicWall Web Content Filtering Services, WatchGuard NGFW and Barracuda NG FirewallBarracuda Web Filter ReviewWe are resellers of the Barracuda Web Filter. Our clients use the Barracuda Web Filter for several reasons. Content filtering, web usage tracking (by site/category/user), security measures, reporting, bandwidth usage and compliance. Not only do our clients benefit from the features listed, but it also keeps employees on track by limiting them to work-related websites, and/or only granting access to specific types of Internet during certain hours (ex. during lunch hour Facebook is accessible) or access to specific people/departments.,Content filtering Security Reporting Ease of setup 4 year refresh cycle,It may be a tough sell, as a lot of firewalls have some type of content filter built in (but the Barracuda Web Filter is exponentially better) It may be cost prohibitive for a smaller company It will likely need an engineer to properly install/configure it,8,Keeps users on task (by blocking non work related content) Potentially aids in identification of bandwidth problems We never need to purchase new hardware, (4 year refresh),,SonicWall Web Content Filtering Services, WatchGuard NGFWBarracuda Web Filter ReviewWe use the Barracuda Web Filter server as our primary device to control access to websites used by our employees. All web requests are scanned by the device for content, blacklists from Barracuda, and our own internal blacklist. Our primary firewalls can also do web content filtering, but we were limited to the number of groups that could be used. Barracuda allows us to get down to the individual level for access/denial.,Easy reporting. Allows customization down to the individual level.,Setting up specific rules for a website or user can be confusing. Would like to be able to create a rule from the usage log. Example: Find a site that should not be allowed, right click on it, and have the option to create a rule from the information already found.,8,Has made it very easy to see what sites are being accessed. Blocks a lot more of the pop up advertisements than our primary firewall does. Easy for user to request a bypass if they get blocked.Cuda is Great!! But there are alternatives out there....Barracuda web filter is being used by our Retail division to limit internet access to certain websites. This is a great tool with an easy to use interface that you can log into to monitor web browsing activities from your end user. There are many great features within the the management interface to whitelist and blacklist certain sites and also grant access to specific users. The web filter works great at limiting certain categories of websites without denying access to those that are needed.,The ability to whitelist and blacklist websites easily The ability to see which end user prompted an alert and which web page they attempted to access clearly. Compatibility with many different web browsers,They can work on the interface a bit more. Other products are a bit easier to work with. Can use more categories to choose from to really narrow down specific sites Other products have built in functionality to limit hardware usage for example, lock down CD Rom drives but not sure if Barracuda is capable of that,7,I came into the company with Barracuda already implemented so it worked well for a number of years. Their support contract was a bit pricey. For what the company paid for the system, Barracuda was worth the money over the 10 years it was implemented.,currentware browsecontrol
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December 27, 2017

Review: "Barracuda Web Filter - the "Cadillac" of Content Filtering and Reporting of Website Usage"

Score 8 out of 10
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I have implemented Web Filter appliances for clients when they are needing to perform thorough Content Filtering. The Web Filter appliance does an amazing job of producing detailed reports of web usage as well as blocking / allowing websites for different groups of users across an organization.
  • Extremely detailed Content Filtering allows for customized access based on Username or Security Group within Active Directory or simple IP Address filtering.
  • Reporting features to review website usage, duration, and frequency. Executives love to review these reports to determine employee productivity.
  • Useful categories of websites to blanket stop access to social media, shopping, gaming, etc.
  • As a web filtering appliance, it truly does not have any flaws. There are multiple appliances based on throughout and storage space. As long as the appliance is adequately sized it works very well.
  • Pricing could be a consideration. There are many products that perform thorough Content Filtering, but this is the "Cadillac" of Content Filtering for companies that want thorough reporting.
The only reason one would not choose a Barracuda Web Filter is due to pricing limitations. There are many firewalls and appliances that perform Content Filtering, but this is the best solution for long-term storage of data for reporting on web usage.
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December 27, 2017

"Barracuda Web Filter Review"

Score 8 out of 10
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We are resellers of the Barracuda Web Filter. Our clients use the Barracuda Web Filter for several reasons. Content filtering, web usage tracking (by site/category/user), security measures, reporting, bandwidth usage and compliance. Not only do our clients benefit from the features listed, but it also keeps employees on track by limiting them to work-related websites, and/or only granting access to specific types of Internet during certain hours (ex. during lunch hour Facebook is accessible) or access to specific people/departments.
  • Content filtering
  • Security
  • Reporting
  • Ease of setup
  • 4 year refresh cycle
  • It may be a tough sell, as a lot of firewalls have some type of content filter built in (but the Barracuda Web Filter is exponentially better)
  • It may be cost prohibitive for a smaller company
  • It will likely need an engineer to properly install/configure it
For a larger organization, this is a must. It provides insight into what the users are doing online and most malicious sites will no longer be accessible if access is denied. This can also give access to non-work related sites, but in a limited capacity, based on user or time of day. Though a smaller company would benefit from the features, it may be cost prohibitive.
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March 20, 2017

"Barracuda Web Filter Review"

Score 8 out of 10
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We use the Barracuda Web Filter server as our primary device to control access to websites used by our employees. All web requests are scanned by the device for content, blacklists from Barracuda, and our own internal blacklist. Our primary firewalls can also do web content filtering, but we were limited to the number of groups that could be used. Barracuda allows us to get down to the individual level for access/denial.
  • Easy reporting.
  • Allows customization down to the individual level.
  • Setting up specific rules for a website or user can be confusing.
  • Would like to be able to create a rule from the usage log. Example: Find a site that should not be allowed, right click on it, and have the option to create a rule from the information already found.
Barracuda Web Filter is best suited for what it was built - filtering web access.
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April 06, 2017

Barracuda Web Filter Review: "Cuda is Great!! But there are alternatives out there...."

Score 7 out of 10
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Barracuda web filter is being used by our Retail division to limit internet access to certain websites. This is a great tool with an easy to use interface that you can log into to monitor web browsing activities from your end user. There are many great features within the the management interface to whitelist and blacklist certain sites and also grant access to specific users. The web filter works great at limiting certain categories of websites without denying access to those that are needed.
  • The ability to whitelist and blacklist websites easily
  • The ability to see which end user prompted an alert and which web page they attempted to access clearly.
  • Compatibility with many different web browsers
  • They can work on the interface a bit more. Other products are a bit easier to work with.
  • Can use more categories to choose from to really narrow down specific sites
  • Other products have built in functionality to limit hardware usage for example, lock down CD Rom drives but not sure if Barracuda is capable of that
Barracuda is really great to use in the corporate environment but it has a slight learning curve. Once you have a solid list of sites to white and black list, you just set it and you are good to go as long as all web traffic passes through it. As always, the only place the web filter will have issues is with your web development team as it will block access to sites they may need to get to for downloading tools etc that may be flagged as malware.
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California-based Barracuda Networks offers a web content filtering solution.
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