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Webroot are well known for their endpoint AV protection but they have recently introduced Webroot SecureAnywhere® DNS Protection. New to this space they have launched a basic, entry-level DNS filtering solution that provides organizations with protection from malicious websites.
We thought it would be interesting to compare this new offering against our dns security offering WebTitan Cloud DNS filter.
At a glance there are similarities between the products, in that both are DNS filtering solutions, however, this that is where the similarity ends. WebTitan Cloud has many additional security features that leave this comparison feeling decidedly one-sided.
WebRoot DNS Filtering versus WebTitan DNS Filter DNS Feature Comparison Matrix
WebTitan Cloud Differentiators from WebRoot DNS.
1. Custom Categories
The ability to use custom categories to block out websites was valuable because the predefined categories were either too restrictive or not restrictive enough. For example, one category would block everything from social media to webmail, while another category did not block either. So to be able to customize categories made it a lot easier.
2. Private Cloud Deployment
The ability to use WebTitan DNS Filter in a Private Cloud. WebTitan Cloud can be deployed in the customer's environment. WebTitan Cloud is one of the only DNS Filtering Providers to allow clients to install the Servers in your own Data Centers.
3. Advanced Cloud API
WebTitan Cloud has an extremely robust API to allow managed cloud systems to plug into. Every aspect of WebTitan Cloud can also be managed via the API:
4. Active Directory integration
WebTitan Cloud can report on individual user activity by installing a DNS proxy that integrates with your Active Directory or LDAP. Reduces overhead through standardization and improves services through centralized management capabilities
WebTitan comes with detailed and advanced user documentation which can be found here
5. Per User Policies
Allows for a tailored and more specific control method on a per-user basis. This is not a feature found in webroot dns.
6. Group Policies
WebTitan allows for a tailored and more specific control method on a group basis.
7. Roaming Locations (OTG)
WebTitan Cloud gives you the ability to filter laptops while off your network by using the On The Go (OTG) Agent. The OTG agent can be installed on Windows-based Laptops. The agent will forward all DNS Requests to our cloud and to the relevant policy.
You can learn more about roaming locations and how to set them up here
8. Cloud Keys
WebTitan Cloud applies security rules across the enterprise network it also provides the ability to enter bypass codes (Cloud Keys) when necessary. Cloud keys were created for scenarios where certain users needed to bypass everything without changing the policy. They can be created to expire after a certain time or number of uses.
9. Dynamic DNS
WebTitan Cloud supports Static, Dynamic IPs and Dynamic DNS Hostnames.
SafeSearch is a filtering mechanism used by search engines like Google to block explicit videos, images, and websites from search results. Previously it has been easy for end users to turn off the SafeSearch feature. With WebTitan Cloud you can enforce the SafeSearch feature removing the user’s ability to turn it off on an individual basis.
11. Ability to Host Locally
With WebTitan Cloud, the ability to host the solution locally offers control and privacy. This is an important consideration for certain types of businesses who for various reasons don’t want to direct their users to an external cloud service. Webroot SecureAnywhere® DNS Protection does not permit local hosting.
12. Coverage and Accuracy in URL Categorization Databases
WebTitan categorizes web content, web traffic, and connected devices to make the internet a safer and more secure place for our partners and their customers. By capturing and categorizing active web traffic from over 650 million end users, tens of billions of
impressions and web-connected devices—WebTitan generates the market’s most accurate data.
Artificial Intelligence and Human-supervised Machine Learning are used by WebTitan to maintain over 99.9% coverage of the Active Web — with over 99% accuracy for categorizing web content into topic-based, objectionable, and malicious categories at
the domain, sub-domain, and full-path level.
This independent report compares human-verified results between WebTitan and Brightcloud the Webroot DNS categorization system using a random sample of URLs to determine both coverage and accuracy across the two vendors.
WebTitan is significantly ahead in terms of accuracy of it's categorization.
Categorization accuracy is critical to customer satisfacting, eliminating support calls, and is an important quality indicator for applications like web filtering, brand safety, ad fraud prevention,
and more. WebTitan’s continuous monitoring and 360 degree automated feedback cycle ensures that we are constantly improving accuracy.
Webtitan is narrowly ahead in terms of coverage.
Most WebTitan customers experience 99.9% coverage — or better of Active Web URLs. WebTitan coverage for the test dataset was 100%. The other vendors also scored high and had good
coverage in the test with Webroot at 96% coverage and Netstart at 98% coverage.
All of our resources and focus are dedicated to WebTitan for business. This is our core business unlike Webroot Webroot SecureAnywhere® DNS Protection with offers a diverse product portfolio including solutions for both home and business users.
Take a look at WebTitan Cloud today — a cloud-delivered DNS filtering service that protects any device, anywhere. Get simple yet powerful protection and higher rewards. Get in touch to organize a product demo – email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
*All information is accurate at time of print – July 2019
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