GFI WebMonitor - Unified Protection Edition
Strengths: Nice feature set with many configurable options.
Weaknesses: Slightly pricey for a software-only product.
Verdict: Definitely worth looking at if you can afford the overall cost of supporting hardware.
SummaryThe GFI WebMonitor provides out-of-the-box protection that can be deployed as a standalone service or as a plug-in for Microsoft ISA Server. This tool features a web filter, as well as a scanning capability, to search for viruses, trojans, spyware and phishing sites, which it then blocks to keep these intrusions from coming into the network. WebMonitor scans web browsing traffic as well as file downloads for potential risks and, if a threat is found, it will seamlessly remove the infected file and notify the user.
This offering is installed from an executable and can be run from a Windows Server or client operating system. There is little overhead with this product so it does not require an overly powerful machine and it installs in just a few minutes. At the completion of the install, all management is done through a management application that we found to be fairly simple to navigate. The tree-based layout of the application is reasonably intuitive, and we found that it took only a few minutes to get comfortable with the interface.
This product offers a great amount of flexibility for such a small install. Many policies can be easily configured with just the click of a button or by checking a box. One thing that we really liked about the product was the main dashboard. This provides an excellent bird's eye view of all web activity in near real time for up-to-the minute statistics.
Documentation consisted of a full user manual that is accessible through the help menu after the product is installed. We found this guide to be well-organized and easy to follow.
GFI offers free support to customers for 30 days after the initial installation of the product. After 30 days, customers must purchase additional assistance through a support agreement.
At a price starting at $725 for 25 seats, this product can become expensive for larger environments, especially given that the price is for the software only. However, the GFI WebMonitor does offer some very nice capabilities, including several anti-virus scanning engines, so we find it to be a good value for the money.