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Features & Benefits of Barracuda Web Filter

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The Barracuda Web Filter is known for its affordability and industry-leading features for web security and policy enforcement. Whether the main goal is enforcing content/application policies, protecting the network against viruses, spyware, phishing and other Internet threats, or optimizing network performance, the Barracuda Web Filter has got you covered.

The Barracuda Web Filter integrates several technologies for enforcing web-content policies intended to increase user productivity and prevent exposing users to inappropriate material. The result is a finely tuned, rigorously tested, and widely praised solution for monitoring web traffic.


Integrated Spyware & Virus Protection

Blocks Known Spyware Sites

As a first line of defense, the Barracuda Web Filter blocks access to a database of sites known to host spyware. The database automatically updates in real time through Barracuda Energize Updates.

Blocks Spyware Downloads

The Barracuda Web Filter blocks spyware from being installed without the user's knowledge - also known as drive-by installs or downloads.

Integrated Antivirus Protection

By using dual-layer virus blocking, decompressing archives and blocking file types, the antivirus engine in the Barracuda Web Filter protects your network from aggressive viruses.

Detects & Blocks Spyware Activity

The Barracuda Web Filter detects installed spyware trying to access the Internet. Upon discovery, it blocks the spyware activity and notifies the administrator.


Content Filtering

URL by Category

Administrators can create policies that control user access to websites using 95 content categories including pornography, violence, hacking, sports, news, dating, shopping, chat and others.

URL by Domain or Pattern

Content filtering policies can be customized to restrict specific websites or look for specific patterns in web addresses. Administrators can specify URL patterns to block sites using the powerful UNIX regular expression (regexp) syntax.

Image/Multimedia Safe Search

The Barracuda Web Filter's image/multimedia safe search feature prevents search engines such as Google, Yahoo and MSN from displaying objectionable thumbnail images in search results.

File Type Blocking

Administrators can create policies that control downloading web files based on their MIME types. For example, to block downloads of executables, you can block MIME type application/octet-stream.

SSL Inspection

Administrators can specify domains and URL categories for which SSL-encrypted traffic will be decrypted, scanned for malware and policy and then re-encrypted to the destination when deemed safe.

Youtube For Schools

YouTube for Schools is an invaluable resource for educators, serving as a portal to a wide array of high quality educational videos. The Barracuda Web Filter make it easy and safe to use this resource, by automatically redirecting all YouTube requests to the YouTube for Schools portal.


Remote Filtering

The Barracuda Web Filter provides the Barracuda Web Security Agent (WSA), a downloadable client that can be installed on remote, off-network laptops or desktops. With the WSA installed, the web traffic from your devices will be transparently filtered through a Barracuda Web Filter Appliance to ensure that your organization’s web browsing policies are extended to the remote users. The tamper-proof and centrally managed Barracuda WSA enables organizations to implement a consistent web security policy across localized and distributed workforces while keeping the solution easy to deploy and manage. The Barracuda WSA supports both Windows and Mac OS X devices.


Application Control

Port/Protocol Based Control

Administrators can customize IP blocking policies using combinations of source and destination IP address ranges and ports.

Granular Control of Web 2.0 Applications

Administrators can allow selective access to Social Media content while restricting non-productive activities. The feature allows administrators to set policies that may enable relevant communication to clients but limit public exposure by preventing wall posts, comments, "like" posts, "follow" flags or play games. Granular control of content policies can ensure that employees' social media communications conform to organization's guidelines.

Deep Packet Inspection

The Barracuda Web Filter uses real-time deep packet inspection technology to analyze protocols independent of their port of destination servers. By integrating layer 7 protocol analysis with policy controls, the Barracuda Web Filter enables complete control over application usage.

Instant Message Blocking

The Barracuda Web Filter lets administrators manage access to IM clients including AIM, ICQ, Yahoo! Messenger, MSN Messenger and ICQ.


Social Media Monitoring

The Barracuda Web Filter provides a unique set of turn-key capabilities to monitor Social Media communications from portals such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. The Barracuda Web Filter can inspect and catalog outbound content and forward to an external message archiver, like the Barracuda Message Archiver. These messages can be tied to the user’s identity using Active Directory and they are fully indexed making them as easy to search as Exchange emails. The Barracuda Web Filter ensures social media communications within corporate networks are always available for access and retrieval for eDiscovery, audits or forensics. The administrator can also create alerts triggered by social networking messages for pro-active monitoring.

 

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