Barracuda Web Filter - the "Cadillac" of Content Filtering and Reporting of Website Usage
December 27, 2017

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

Derek Schroeder | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review

Overall Satisfaction with Barracuda Web Filter

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.
  • 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, Barracuda NG Firewall, and WatchGuard provides Content Filtering, but are primarily firewalls with Content Filtering features. The Web Filter is a dedicated appliance with more storage space and better reporting of users.
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.