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Alternatives to pfSense

Sophos, Sonicwall, OpenSSL, Let's Encrypt, and Ensighten are the most popular alternatives and competitors to pfSense.
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What is pfSense and what are its top alternatives?

It is an open source firewall/router computer software distribution based on FreeBSD. It is installed on a physical computer or a virtual machine to make a dedicated firewall/router for a network.
pfSense is a tool in the Security category of a tech stack.

Top Alternatives to pfSense

  • Sophos

    Sophos

    It is Cybersecurity Evolved. Advanced Endpoint Protection and Network Security Fully Synchronized in Real Time. ...

  • Sonicwall

    Sonicwall

    Award-winning firewalls and cybersecurity solutions. Protecting SMBs, enterprises and governments from advanced cyber attacks for three decades. ...

  • OpenSSL

    OpenSSL

    It is a robust, commercial-grade, and full-featured toolkit for the Transport Layer Security (TLS) and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocols. It is also a general-purpose cryptography library. ...

  • Let's Encrypt

    Let's Encrypt

    It is a free, automated, and open certificate authority brought to you by the non-profit Internet Security Research Group (ISRG). ...

  • Ensighten

    Ensighten

    Ensighten is a comprehensive website security company, offering next generation compliance, enforcement and client-side protection against data loss, ad injection and intrusion. ...

  • Authy

    Authy

    We make the best rated Two-Factor Authentication smartphone app for consumers, a Rest API for developers and a strong authentication platform for the enterprise. ...

  • Sqreen

    Sqreen

    Sqreen is a security platform that helps engineering team protect their web applications, API and micro-services in real-time. The solution installs with a simple application library and doesn't require engineering resources to operate. Security anomalies triggered are reported with technical context to help engineers fix the code. Ops team can assess the impact of attacks and monitor suspicious user accounts involved. ...

  • AWS WAF

    AWS WAF

    AWS WAF is a web application firewall that helps protect your web applications from common web exploits that could affect application availability, compromise security, or consume excessive resources. ...

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Sophos logo

Sophos

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Human-engineered, AI-powered cybersecurity protection for your business and home
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      Sonicwall

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      Next-Gen Firewalls & Cybersecurity Solutions
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          OpenSSL

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          Full-featured toolkit for the Transport Layer Security and Secure Sockets Layer protocols
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              Simon Reymann
              Senior Fullstack Developer at QUANTUSflow Software GmbH · | 28 upvotes · 3.2M views

              Our whole DevOps stack consists of the following tools:

              • GitHub (incl. GitHub Pages/Markdown for Documentation, GettingStarted and HowTo's) for collaborative review and code management tool
              • Respectively Git as revision control system
              • SourceTree as Git GUI
              • Visual Studio Code as IDE
              • CircleCI for continuous integration (automatize development process)
              • Prettier / TSLint / ESLint as code linter
              • SonarQube as quality gate
              • Docker as container management (incl. Docker Compose for multi-container application management)
              • VirtualBox for operating system simulation tests
              • Kubernetes as cluster management for docker containers
              • Heroku for deploying in test environments
              • nginx as web server (preferably used as facade server in production environment)
              • SSLMate (using OpenSSL) for certificate management
              • Amazon EC2 (incl. Amazon S3) for deploying in stage (production-like) and production environments
              • PostgreSQL as preferred database system
              • Redis as preferred in-memory database/store (great for caching)

              The main reason we have chosen Kubernetes over Docker Swarm is related to the following artifacts:

              • Key features: Easy and flexible installation, Clear dashboard, Great scaling operations, Monitoring is an integral part, Great load balancing concepts, Monitors the condition and ensures compensation in the event of failure.
              • Applications: An application can be deployed using a combination of pods, deployments, and services (or micro-services).
              • Functionality: Kubernetes as a complex installation and setup process, but it not as limited as Docker Swarm.
              • Monitoring: It supports multiple versions of logging and monitoring when the services are deployed within the cluster (Elasticsearch/Kibana (ELK), Heapster/Grafana, Sysdig cloud integration).
              • Scalability: All-in-one framework for distributed systems.
              • Other Benefits: Kubernetes is backed by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), huge community among container orchestration tools, it is an open source and modular tool that works with any OS.
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              Let's Encrypt logo

              Let's Encrypt

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              A free, automated, and open Certificate Authority (CA)
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                Open Source SSL
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                Ensighten

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                    Authy

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                    The easiest way to add Two-Factor Authentication to any website or app.
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                      Google Authenticator-compatible
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                    Sqreen

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                    Automated security for developers
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                    PROS OF SQREEN
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                      Block attacks in real-time
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                      Security monitoring
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                      Integrates in minutes
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                      Easily enforce security headers
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                      Prevent data breaches
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                      Get full visibility into app security
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                      Monitor suspicious users
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                      Unified security solution for web apps
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                      AWS WAF

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                      Control which traffic to allow or block to your web application by defining customizable web security rules
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