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What is Barracuda Essentials?

Email is the leading threat vector for ransomware, phishing, data theft, and other advanced threats. The Barracuda Essentials cloud-based service makes email safe for business with advanced threat protection, tamper-proof archiving, and data protection.

Barracuda Essentials Details
Languages Supported
English
Product Description

All-In-One Cloud-Based Email Security, Backup, Archiving and eDiscovery for Office 365 and Microsoft Exchange


Seller Details
Seller
Barracuda
Ownership
Private
Company Website
Year Founded
2002
HQ Location
Campbell, CA
Twitter
@Barracuda
15,841 Twitter followers
LinkedIn® Page
www.linkedin.com
1,451 employees on LinkedIn®
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Analista de sistema
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Barracuda Essentials is a great complete tool that we use with a complete solution in order to provide protection for our emails and data in Office 365 and Microsoft Exchange. What I also like is protection against advanced threats from Zero Day attacks and protects against deletions and hacking of information. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

No problems with Barracuda Essentials and no reports of technical problems or errors. The solution is collaborating a lot with work and productivity and safety. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It has its differential for combining good protection of corporate e-mails and archiving them to ensure compliance, backup and complete restoration of data in the cloud. Protection is end-to-end and has filtering right at the entrance that protects emails from viruses, malware, spam and pishing. And it also has outbound protection that prevents information from leaking with encryption. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

Per-User quarantine is the best feature. We can stop a lot of spam email using per user quarantine. Email spooling feature is best we did not lose email. We can easily deploy within minimum downtime. We can manage multiple domains separately. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Global Quarantine feature. Because we can not see quarantine delivered details in the message log. Only we can see specific Quarantine mailbox delivered details. We can not customize external sender warning messages. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Easy deployment compares other products and minimum downtime to deploy. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

95% Spam email blocked by Barracuda and email spooling is better. Several time our email server down we protect email spooling feature without mail lost. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AH
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Barracuda Essentials works so well and is easy to manage once installed and configured. I am able to see everything that comes in add senders to the Blacklist or Whitelist as needed. Very satisfied with the results. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It's so powerful that the menus can sometimes be a little overwhelming. But, once you used it for little while it will make sense and become very easy to use. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It works and it is not too expensive for most businesses and will pay for itself many times over if it saves you from just one ransomware or other malware attack. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We needed comprehensive email scanning and filtering and Barracuda was the best we could find. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Director of IT
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

The Barraucuda Forensics and Incident Response (FIR) is easy to use and allows you to immediately identify, verify, and mitigate a problem within a few minutes. Without FIR you may not even know if there was a problem, and it may take hours to find and resolve.

Many email scanners handle incoming email only, but with Barracuda Essentials you get incoming and outgoing email scanning.

The Archiving feature, with it's unlimited retention and storage, is a great way to dive into historical emails for research or legal inquiries. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The Cloud Control web access to the ESS can sometimes be slow and/or drag a bit. But other than that I can't find anything that is a negative. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Besides the obvious benefits of email scanning for viruses and malware, the FIR portion of the ESS is incredible. We have already stopped one account takeover, whereby the users account was logged in from someone in Turkey (we are in California/USA). The FIR immediately notified us and within a few clicks we were able to stop the takeover and change the users password. In the past, we would have not known about something like this or found it too late - and I now have to wonder if this did happen before and we just never knew about it.

For ransomware, phishing and scamming, the FIR continuously monitors suspicious activity and alerts us. We have the ability to instantly look at the suspicious email and determine if we want to delete it from the users inbox(s) and then block the offending email address and/or domain, or if it is a false positive, we can report it as such back to Barracuda. It is constantly learning. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AI
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

The Simplicity of setting up and the ease of which you can start protecting your domain within minutes. This products integrates well within other products of barracuda to give you ease of accessibility and control over multiple barracuda products. The centralized cloud control is the one place to view and manage all barracuda cloud offerings. The details of each setting is remarkable to beginners as they jump into protecting their email domains. Highly recommended as an enterprise email security solution. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The cloud offering needs to integrate with other products in order to give additional features such as forensics and sentinel Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Barracuda essentials have kept our business email domain secured from sophisticated attacks and have helped the business adapt to best practices when securing the organizations domain. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AA
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

It is cloud based, easy to start and has good reporting. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It becomes quite hard if you need to stop messages containing certain text or so (quite advanced topics). Essentials is not really into exceptions. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I had a onsite antispam solution. Since you really can't predict the load on such solution, it is quite problematic to scale. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AH
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

It is very easy to set up and use. It does a nice job of blocking viruses and malware. I like the layout of allow/block lists. I like that it takes the load off of on-site hardware. It is hard to beat Barracuda's support. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Like all products out there, some things do get through. But, not sure that is a dislike so much. It is just that nothing can block everything while still allowing the good in. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Contact them for a free demo. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use it in conjunction with our on-site Email Security Gateway. It takes the workload off of it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Sr. Enterprise Architect
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Essentials overall has been great for my corporation. The message log alone is a life saver Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I would love to see increased reporting capabilities and more custom configuration of the spam filters Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We wanted increased protection from spam and phishing. Office 365 just wasn't delivering. Essentials has. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Marketing Administrative Assistant
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I do like the purpose of Barracuda. It would be nice to have a software that could read my mind when it comes to junk email. I do like the white-list, a list of senders to have blocked. This software does do a great job at blocking viruses and malware. Since we have started using it at my work, I will have to admit that I have not received any bad emails. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the layout of the site, I found it a bit difficult to navigate when I was on my mobile device. I also would quarantine items that had been accepted in the past. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are not spending so much time on our computers crashing because and employee unwittingly opened op and email with a virus. I do feel protected. It is also good for storing all of the millions of emails that a community college gets annually, those are government documents and are subject to the Freedom of Information Act and must be archived for a specified period of time. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UI
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I think the Barracuda Essentials package is easy to use and gets the job done. It allows for us to conduct our workflow without the worry for phishing emails and securely backups up the precious data we've got. We can also conduct fake email phishing tests and other types of expeditions so that we can see how many of our fellow employees are failing phishing tests. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Like any cybersecurity product, there are false positives from time to time and that is somewhat annoying because we need to configure certain filters to ensure there isn't a hard block. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Barracuda Essentials is a great way to protect your users and really extends Outlook functionality. It is a must-have for all organizations, large and small. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

One of the biggest issues we face as a team is social engineering and Barracuda Essentials for Outlook really helps alleviate potential phishing and other threats we face with email. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AP
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Easy to use portal that provides access to all of Barracuda’s cloud apps. Easy to setup and sync with local AD or Microsoft Azure Active Directory. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

We have had problems added and removing admin users. We have one user that we could setup as an admin. Had to contact support multiple times to figure it out. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Look at all of the available options. Plan your implementation thoroughly. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We needed a reliable and secure email filter, and this is one of the applications available in Barracuda Essentials. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AC
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

One less piece of hardware to manage onsite. Allows whitelisting and blacklisting to prevent false positives from not showing up in inbox. There will be some legit emails that get blocked, and spam that gets through, but rare. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

If connection to your DC goes down, users will not be able to send emails. I was also locked out from administering and had to contact support to get back in. They were quick and responsive and gave me the access I needed to get back in and take care of things. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Make sure to create an admin account outside of domain for emergency reasons, in case you get locked out for any reason. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mainly, it reduces the copious amounts of spam my end users receive on a daily basis. Couldn't live without it! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AL
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Just like the name implies, you get the essentials. But what's great about this product is that you get them for stupid cheap. That is definitely what's best. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Honestly, this product should come with a warning label. No serious company should just purchase this. They really really should tack on the Sentry product too. For protection against modern day attacks, consider sentry essential, haha. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

GET SENTRY AS WELL!!!! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We stopped 95% of bad emails coming in. Most of these were bulk email, dmarc, spf, or phishing reasons, but it does do a good job of stopping them. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Accounting
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I like it that it doesn't take up any computer resources (RAM, CPU) and still manages to do a great job filtering and protecting our e-mail services. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I am uncertain of all the benefits that it offers. It runs in the background and rarely pops up. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

As long as your IT company is well-versed in servers this is a great tool to utilize to secure them. Make sure it also integrates with the email system you currently have in place. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Keeps our email servers safe and prevents us from getting additional spam and junk emails. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Software Engineering
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The SaaS of barracuda is great, because a big company or bank like BBVA can archive all emails, files, contracts in one tool that provide good security and easy to scale. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The price is to expensive, and the need a lot of configurations. It's not easy to set up on production. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are solving the security and holding of our emails, some minor documents and other files. We are testing this application, maybe on the future we will expand and use it more than right now. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UH
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

We use Barracuda security as our chief firewall against spam, hacker emails, etc. I use the system pretty much daily to review emails that have been relegated to spam. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

As good a job as it does, I do occasionally find legitimate emails in the folder Barracuda creates for spam, but it's not often. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

All I can say is that it does a good job in capturing a vast amount of spam and it is easy to scroll through as I often do to ensure nothing "good" has fallen into the net, as it were. It's easy to set and will automatically dump emails after a prescribed time period, so they don't add up. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Vastly reducing the amount of spam and potentially harmful emails that would otherwise be clogging my daily inbox. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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II
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Today's workforce has become very independent on technology, which is not always dependable in a variety of situations. Barracuda essentials has really made the exchanging of emails, not only dependable but extremely convenient for organizing and backing up emails. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There are few things I dislike about the software, although I do wish it sent fewer notifications as I feel at times I'm being flagged for viruses that are nonexistent. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Its a great tool for managing email accounts and backing up the information recorded in them for later review, if they ever need (especially because we have become incredibly dependent on technology). Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Management Analyst
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Easy to use, good support services, easy to setup Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Little difficult purchasing, had to use a vendor, so pretty sure the issue was with them. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Archiving

Backup

Spam filtering

Encryption Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AA
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

User quarantine, allows users to check any blocked emails and release it without IT Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Scoring system needs to be easier to use from administrative side Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Blocking spam and control size of emails Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UC
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Keeps a lot of spam that would otherwise reach my inbox quarantined. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Barracuda quarantines a lot of emails that are harmless email campaigns from websites I follow Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our office receives a lot of spam from various sources. Barracuda helps keep that number down. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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