Product Comparison

DNSFilter vs Webroot SecureAnywhere DNS Protection

Common Comparisons

Overall Score
Web Filtering
Threat Protection
Reporting and Logging
Administrative Controls

Summary

Review date: October 26th 2018

DNSFilter offers a DNS based web filtering service with a focus on simplicity with a modern user friendly interface. The product is unique in the industry in that rather than relying on large categorized databases of URLS, DNSFilter uses a machine learning algorithm to analyse domains in real time and keep companies secure. Another focus of this service is web content filtering with customisable filtering policies powered by machine learning algorithms and detailed accessible reporting. They also offer security threat protection against malware, phishing and botnet attacks.

DNSFilter is a small company headquartered in Washington, DC which was founded in 2015.

Benefits of DNSFilter

  • One of the best designed modern user interfaces in the market which makes admin controls and reporting easily accessible and readable
  • Simplified admin controls powered by algorithms streamline to process of deploying customisable filtering policies saving time for admins
  • Machine learning algorithms effectively block security threats
  • Detailed useful reports with user requests, security reports, billing and real time streaming
  • Dynamic DNS support and easy installation and management
  • Flexible service driven by API
  • Guaranteed 100% uptime
  • Streamlined low cost pricing which is attractive to MSPs, the service is far cheaper than competitors
  • Off network protection for roaming clients
  • CEO is active member of the community on Reddit, engaging with customers
  • Highly recommended by customers

What you should know about DNSFilter

  • Admin controls are not as granular as competitors such as Webroot, with machine learning automating controls and a focus on ease of use and minimum management
  • Less extensive researching and insights into threats than much larger competitors such as Cisco, but machine learning covers this
  • No AD integration

Expert Insights Verdict on DNS Filter

From the branding, to the product, DNSFilter is intensely focused on an elegant, streamlined DNS web filter. DNSFilter is a young product but contains all the features you’d expect for a good secure DNS web filter. Threat protection is robust, with machine learning algorithms making up for the databases of larger competitors. URL filtering is strong, with algorithms tuned to company policies determining which websites users should have access too. DNSFilter shines in the design department, with an accessible UI and great reports and analytics making admin’s lives easier and streamlining the management experience. The reports themselves are not advanced, but still offer detailed views of user activity and security policies. Coupled with a low price point, DNSFilter makes up for its smaller size and relative lack of features when compared to the Webroot and Cisco Umbrella market giants. As a growing product, the service is likely to only improve over time, and the machine learning algorithms could be ahead of the curve for the web security market.

Expert Insights recommends DNSFilter to companies looking for a streamlined easy to use service which is cost effective without compromising on threat protection and filtering, with great analytics. To companies searching for more granular admin controls and policies, we’d recommend competitors such as Cisco Umbrella and Webroot.

Overall Score
Web Filtering
Threat Protection
Reporting and Logging
Administrative Controls

Summary

Review date: November 20th 2018

Expert Insights names Webroot SecureAnywhere DNS Protection '2018 Market Leader'

Webroot SecureAnywhere DNS protection is a cloud-based web security which helps to protect employees and data from malicious content online. It offers threat protection with the integration of Webroot’s BrightCloud Threat Intelligence. It also provides granular web filtering over the websites employees can access. There is no hardware or software to install meaning installation is fast, and easy. The service also offers reporting and monitoring of employee behaviour.

Webroot is based In Broomfield, Colorado and was founded in 1997.

Benefits of Webroot SecureAnywhere DNS Protection

  • DNS protection means the service is fast, lightweight and easy to set up and manage
  • If customers are currently using Webroot Endpoint Protection they can easily add on this service
  • Industry-leading threat protection, with machine learning and a contextual analysis engine, used to scan networks and identify threats
  • Over 80 URL categories of web filtering to ensure admins can fine tune the filtering service to meet their organisation’s needs
  • Granular admin controls over what employees can access
  • Real-time inbound and outbound malicious domain blocking
  • Great for roaming users with off-network control
  • Highly recommended by customers
  • Low cost, high quality service
  • Integrated with Endpoint anti-virus which runs as easily installed software on machines
  • Popular choice for MSPs for ease of deployment and use
  • Comprehensive reporting and logging and real-time visibility of users

What you should know about Webroot SecureAnywhere DNS Protection

  • Does not work on Linux
  • User interface could be modernised to match competitors such as Cisco Umbrella

Expert Insights Verdict on Webroot SecureAnywhere DNS Protection

Webroot SecureAnywhere is a great option for DNS web security. The service is easily deployed, easy to manage and won’t slow down your internet at all. The threat protection offered is market leading, with advanced machine learning engines scanning websites in real time for malicious URLs. There is a wide range of URL categories and granular controls for admins over the security policies in place. This makes Webroot easy to recommend if you are looking for the most secure service to protect your employees and business. The reporting and auditing are also comprehensive, with reporting on cloud services, pre-made reports and report scheduling. There is also visibility into traffic, usage and blocked threats, giving admins valuable insight into employee behaviour and safety. The service is also highly recommended by customers, who love the easy to manage service which is extremely cost-effective compared to competitors. This also makes it a popular choice for Managed Service Providers.

Expert Insights would recommend Webroot SecureAnywhere for businesses looking for market leading threat protection, comprehensive reporting and logging, and customisable admin policies and controls. The service is also particularly recommended to MPSs as a great service at a low cost, which is easy to manage.

Overall Score
Web Filtering
Threat Protection
Reporting and Logging
Administrative Controls

Summary

Review date: October 26th 2018

DNSFilter offers a DNS based web filtering service with a focus on simplicity with a modern user friendly interface. The product is unique in the industry in that rather than relying on large categorized databases of URLS, DNSFilter uses a machine learning algorithm to analyse domains in real time and keep companies secure. Another focus of this service is web content filtering with customisable filtering policies powered by machine learning algorithms and detailed accessible reporting. They also offer security threat protection against malware, phishing and botnet attacks.

DNSFilter is a small company headquartered in Washington, DC which was founded in 2015.

Benefits of DNSFilter

  • One of the best designed modern user interfaces in the market which makes admin controls and reporting easily accessible and readable
  • Simplified admin controls powered by algorithms streamline to process of deploying customisable filtering policies saving time for admins
  • Machine learning algorithms effectively block security threats
  • Detailed useful reports with user requests, security reports, billing and real time streaming
  • Dynamic DNS support and easy installation and management
  • Flexible service driven by API
  • Guaranteed 100% uptime
  • Streamlined low cost pricing which is attractive to MSPs, the service is far cheaper than competitors
  • Off network protection for roaming clients
  • CEO is active member of the community on Reddit, engaging with customers
  • Highly recommended by customers

What you should know about DNSFilter

  • Admin controls are not as granular as competitors such as Webroot, with machine learning automating controls and a focus on ease of use and minimum management
  • Less extensive researching and insights into threats than much larger competitors such as Cisco, but machine learning covers this
  • No AD integration

Expert Insights Verdict on DNS Filter

From the branding, to the product, DNSFilter is intensely focused on an elegant, streamlined DNS web filter. DNSFilter is a young product but contains all the features you’d expect for a good secure DNS web filter. Threat protection is robust, with machine learning algorithms making up for the databases of larger competitors. URL filtering is strong, with algorithms tuned to company policies determining which websites users should have access too. DNSFilter shines in the design department, with an accessible UI and great reports and analytics making admin’s lives easier and streamlining the management experience. The reports themselves are not advanced, but still offer detailed views of user activity and security policies. Coupled with a low price point, DNSFilter makes up for its smaller size and relative lack of features when compared to the Webroot and Cisco Umbrella market giants. As a growing product, the service is likely to only improve over time, and the machine learning algorithms could be ahead of the curve for the web security market.

Expert Insights recommends DNSFilter to companies looking for a streamlined easy to use service which is cost effective without compromising on threat protection and filtering, with great analytics. To companies searching for more granular admin controls and policies, we’d recommend competitors such as Cisco Umbrella and Webroot.

Overall Score
Web Filtering
Threat Protection
Reporting and Logging
Administrative Controls

Summary

Review date: November 20th 2018

Expert Insights names Webroot SecureAnywhere DNS Protection '2018 Market Leader'

Webroot SecureAnywhere DNS protection is a cloud-based web security which helps to protect employees and data from malicious content online. It offers threat protection with the integration of Webroot’s BrightCloud Threat Intelligence. It also provides granular web filtering over the websites employees can access. There is no hardware or software to install meaning installation is fast, and easy. The service also offers reporting and monitoring of employee behaviour.

Webroot is based In Broomfield, Colorado and was founded in 1997.

Benefits of Webroot SecureAnywhere DNS Protection

  • DNS protection means the service is fast, lightweight and easy to set up and manage
  • If customers are currently using Webroot Endpoint Protection they can easily add on this service
  • Industry-leading threat protection, with machine learning and a contextual analysis engine, used to scan networks and identify threats
  • Over 80 URL categories of web filtering to ensure admins can fine tune the filtering service to meet their organisation’s needs
  • Granular admin controls over what employees can access
  • Real-time inbound and outbound malicious domain blocking
  • Great for roaming users with off-network control
  • Highly recommended by customers
  • Low cost, high quality service
  • Integrated with Endpoint anti-virus which runs as easily installed software on machines
  • Popular choice for MSPs for ease of deployment and use
  • Comprehensive reporting and logging and real-time visibility of users

What you should know about Webroot SecureAnywhere DNS Protection

  • Does not work on Linux
  • User interface could be modernised to match competitors such as Cisco Umbrella

Expert Insights Verdict on Webroot SecureAnywhere DNS Protection

Webroot SecureAnywhere is a great option for DNS web security. The service is easily deployed, easy to manage and won’t slow down your internet at all. The threat protection offered is market leading, with advanced machine learning engines scanning websites in real time for malicious URLs. There is a wide range of URL categories and granular controls for admins over the security policies in place. This makes Webroot easy to recommend if you are looking for the most secure service to protect your employees and business. The reporting and auditing are also comprehensive, with reporting on cloud services, pre-made reports and report scheduling. There is also visibility into traffic, usage and blocked threats, giving admins valuable insight into employee behaviour and safety. The service is also highly recommended by customers, who love the easy to manage service which is extremely cost-effective compared to competitors. This also makes it a popular choice for Managed Service Providers.

Expert Insights would recommend Webroot SecureAnywhere for businesses looking for market leading threat protection, comprehensive reporting and logging, and customisable admin policies and controls. The service is also particularly recommended to MPSs as a great service at a low cost, which is easy to manage.