Cisco Umbrella Alternative for Web Filtering & Internet Monitoring

Looking for an easy-to-use OpenDNS and Cisco Umbrella alternative to stop employees from visiting dangerous, inappropriate, and distracting websites?

Both Cisco Umbrella and CurrentWare can monitor and control internet access—which should you choose?

We will compare the web filtering, internet monitoring, and DLP features of Cisco Umbrella to the CurrentWare Suite so you can choose the right fit for your company.

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When to Use CurrentWare When to Use Cisco Umbrella
  • You need a cost-effective and easy-to-use solution for blocking and monitoring internet access
  • You need greater visibility and control over locally run executable apps
  • You’d like an intuitive and flexible solution for enforcing internet use policies, preventing data theft to USB devices, and monitoring employee computer use


  • You want to consolidate multiple advanced network security products (IPS, CASB, SWG, etc) into a single Secure Access Service Edge (SASE)


Compare CurrentWare vs. Cisco Umbrella Features

Web Filtering

This section will compare the web content filtering features of CurrentWare to Cisco Umbrella/OpenDNS.

CurrentWare’s internet and application blocking software BrowseControl is a fantastic Cisco Umbrella alternative for controlling employee internet use. It allows you to proactively block undesirable websites and applications to help keep your workforce secure and productive. 

CurrentWare vs Cisco Umbrella
Allow URLs & Domains
Block URLs & Domains
Scheduled Blocking
⚠️* SSL Inspection
Time-Based Controls
Port Filtering
Block Applications ⚠️
Cloud Apps Only
DNS Filtering
Category Filtering
User Group Policies
Computer Group Policies
Custom Block Pages
Remote Workforce Management
Antimalware Scanning
Enforce Google SafeSearch


*In Development

Employee Monitoring

This section will compare the employee monitoring and time tracking software features of CurrentWare to Cisco Umbrella/OpenDNS

CurrentWare’s employee monitoring software gives you the internet and application usage data you need to track employee performance, monitor remote workers, and ensure that employees are following your acceptable use policy.

CurrentWare vs Cisco Umbrella
Email Reports & Alerts
Remote Screen Capture
Scheduled Monitoring
Productive vs. Unproductive Time
Track Local Software Usage
Search Query Reports
Idle Time Tracking
Monitor Remote Workers
Track & Compare Activity by IP Address
Bandwidth Usage Tracking ⚠️
Cloud Apps Only
URL Category Tracking
Audit Logons

Data Loss Prevention & Cybersecurity

This section will compare the data loss prevention features of CurrentWare to Cisco Umbrella/OpenDNS.

Monitoring and restricting USB file transfers is critical for protecting sensitive data against insider theft. CurrentWare’s AccessPatrol lets you restrict the use of a wide variety of peripheral devices including external storage hardware, Bluetooth, WiFi, and printers.

CurrentWare vs Cisco Umbrella
Block USB & Storage Devices
Malware Sandboxing
USB Activity Reports & Alerts
Allow Trusted Peripherals
Block High-Risk Websites
Intrusion Prevention System (IPS)
Block External Devices
Block USB File Transfers
In-Line Content Inspection

Setup & Deployment

Getting started with CurrentWare is easy. CurrentWare offers a variety deployment options that suit the installation needs of organizations of all sizes. 

CurrentWare vs Cisco Umbrella
Central Admin Console

Self Hosted Cloud
Cloud Platform
Local & Remote Client Install
Command-line Deployment
Active Directory Installation
Active Directory Sync
Compatible with Windows
Compatible with MacOS
Remote Workforce Management

Content Filtering & Internet Safety In Education

“Exposing students to the digital world comes with a responsibility
to protect them.”

Tennessee College of Applied Technology

Check Out Our Great Reviews on Capterra!

"As a 'novice' I was able to set up with help from support in about an hour. Previous software took forever and didn't work as advertised. This software worked right out of the box."

Dr. Gerard B, Office Manager
2-10 Employees

"This software was easy to install and customize to our needs. Category Filtering is such a time saver and of course saving time is saving money!"

Scott S, Senior Systems Engineer
201-500 Employees

"BrowseControl is the best software for internet filtering. We can block specific websites and applications...[being able to] add and remove the restrictions instantly is a great feature. They have a great customer support to solve our queries."

Ajoob S, Engineer
501-1000 Employees

"The software actually does what was advertised and the support is great! We were able to have the software up and running on the same day with no issues or even a call/email to their support."

Ken W, IT Manager
201-500 Employees


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Employee Monitoring

BrowseReporter is a versatile employee monitoring software to track productivity and efficiency.

Easily monitor web browsing and application usage with intuitive user activity reports and dashboards.

✓ Make informed decisions with user activity monitoring

✓ Detailed evidence of web activity, the perfect tool for enforcing internet use policies

✓ Automatically capture screenshots of employee desktops

Web Filtering

BrowseControl is an easy-to-use website blocking software for restricting internet access.

Enforce internet use policies, block distracting websites, and improve internet security with granular internet access control policies.

Block websites based on URLs and content categories

Prevent users from running certain programs

Control internet access with allow and block lists

Device Control

AccessPatrol is a data loss prevention and USB control software to protect sensitive data against theft to portable storage devices.

Block USB devices and other peripherals to mitigate the threat of USB malware and data leakage.

✓ Block USB devices, network storage, & other peripherals

✓ Get alerts of USB file transfers and device use

✓ Block file transfers based on name and filetype

PC Power Manager

enPowerManager is an effective solution for remotely managing PC power policies across an enterprise to conserve energy and reduce costs.

With a simple click of the mouse computers can be remotely shutdown or booted automatically at different times during the day.

✓ Remotely schedule and manage computer power states

✓ Configure advanced power policies for all users

✓ Track logon, startup, and shutdown activities

Get All 4 Modules in the CurrentWare Suite

Employee Monitoring, Web Filtering, PC Power Management, & USB Control Software

Improve employee productivity, data security, and business intelligence with advanced awareness and control over how technology is used in your organization.

Each module operates from the same central console, allowing you to easily manage the entire CurrentWare Suite from the convenience of a web browser.

✓ Get an advantageous price starting at $8.99 USD when you purchase all four modules as a bundle

✓ Seamlessly add new modules without redeploying the clients

✓ Includes BrowseReporter, BrowseControl, AccessPatrol, and enPowerManager


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CurrentWare’s Advantageous Pricing

Why pay thousands of dollars for Cisco Umbrella when you simply want to block websites and monitor employee internet use?

The full CurrentWare Suite starts at a cost-effective $8.99 USD per user per month. When purchased individually,  BrowseReporter, BrowseControl, and AccessPatrol starts as low as $3.99 USD PUPM

Education Discounts

Education & Nonprofit Discounts

CurrentWare offers educational and nonprofit organizations 10% off of any of the products in the CurrentWare Suite.


Deals for MSPs

Managed Services Providers and resellers get up to a 20% margin on their licenses

volume licensing

Volume Licensing

Volume-based licensing provides advantageous pricing for organizations that need to manage large quantities of devices.

Prepurchase Discounts

Businesses that pre-purchase multiple year plans enjoy favorable pricing on their licenses.

Starting at $3.99 USD PUPM

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Sample User Activity Reports From CurrentWare

User Activity Dashboards

  • Use the collected data to review aggregated results of your entire workforce or drill down to individual users
  • Select the date range and activities you want to populate the dashboard with
  • Use the activity log to review raw data; add/remove columns, sort data, and export to .XLSX or .PDF

Productive vs Unproductive Web Browsing

  • View time spent on productive vs unproductive web browsing
  • Customize to what is considered productive in your organization
  • Compare trends in aggregated & individual productivity over time

Idle Time Tracking

  • Track how long users are away from their computers
  • Customize idle time based on the last keyboard/mouse inputs
  • Discover which departments or employees are the most active

See What Websites are Browsed the Most

  • Find out what the top browsed productive, unproductive, and neutral websites are
  • See which groups are the most active internet users
  • Review what categories of websites are being visited

Monitor Bandwidth Consumption

  • Detect bandwidth hogging websites on your network
  • Review bandwidth usage trends to inform network capacity planning
  • See which individual users or groups have the greatest bandwidth usage

Track Application Usage

  • Detect the use of unauthorized software applications
  • Find out what the most popular apps are and how long they're used for each day
  • Determine software adoption rates through user activity data

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CurrentWare Features

Internet Off

Internet ON/OFF

One click to completely block
the Internet

Internet Off

URL Filter

Allowed list or Blocked list for
specific URLs

Internet Off

Category Filtering

Block websites based on
content categories

Internet Off

Internet Scheduler

Set unique restrictions at specific
times of the day

Internet Off

Internet Monitoring

Track what websites are being
visited by employees

Internet Off

Web Activity Reports

15+ different detailed web
activity reports

Internet Off

Track Application Use

See what applications are being
used by employees

Internet Off

Email Reports

Automatically email reports of web
usage to managers

Internet Off

Block USB

Block unauthorized USBs to protect
against data theft

Internet Off

Block External Devices

Easily block DVDs, external drives
& other peripherals

Internet Off

Device Permissions

Set full access, read only or no
access on storage devices

Internet Off

Allowed List

Allow specific storage devices on
your network

Internet Off

Centralized Console

Manage all your users from the
centralized console with Active
Directory import or syncing

Internet Off

Remote Client Install

Only a few steps to remotely install
the CurrentWare Client on all of
your computers

Internet Off

Offsite Management

Extend onsite Internet usage
policies to laptops running outside
the corporate network

Internet Off

SQL Server Supported

Database scaled for enterprise and
large business operations using
Microsoft SQL Server


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See How CurrentWare Compares to Other Competitors


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