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PRODUCT RATINGS

WHY DOES NSS LABS RATE PRODUCTS?

Rating products is all about giving you an at-a-glance look at a group of products we’ve tested. This way you can quickly access the most important information, then do a deeper dive into details if you need to know more. Our ratings also help you see how products rank beside others in a specific category. 

We rate products based strictly on lab results. We’ve never allowed any product vendor to influence our ratings, and we never will. 

The following are descriptions of our ratings.

RECOMMENDED

Only the top technical products earn a Recommended rating from NSS Labs, regardless of the vendor’s market share, company size, or brand recognition. NSS Labs’ Recommended products deserve consideration and should be on your shortlist during the purchasing process. 

NEUTRAL

Neutral rating means a product has performed reasonably well during testing and deserves consideration during your purchasing process. If your organization has already deployed a product that has earned a Neutral rating, then you should continue to use it. 

CAUTION

Caution rating means a product performed poorly during our testing. If your organization uses one of these products, you should review your security posture and other threat mitigation factors, including possible alternative configurations and patch management.