Fortinet FortiClient Review

Good integration with Fortigate but needs the USB key blocking function

What is our primary use case?

Initially, we needed a VPN client, but afterward, we needed some other functionalities included in FortiClient. The primary use is that users have to connect it to the VPN, and the secondary use is for web security.

We are using the latest version, which has become free to use recently. FortiClient released a version that includes web security and antivirus. 

What is most valuable?

It is not at all interesting for me as a standalone product, but as a product that is integrated with FortiGate with all features, it is actually a great tool and a great experience. I had test installed FortiClient working from home. I remembered and knew which web categories were denied or allowed. All those policies were correctly reflected standalone, for example, on my laptop. 

What needs improvement?

For buying or deploying it with additional features, apart from VPN client, web security, or antivirus, I would like to see the USB key blocking function included in this solution for endpoint security. For endpoint security, you need antivirus and all of the features included in antivirus software these days, web security, and USB key locking feature. If it is implemented in a way that in one package, you have all the primary features needed for security these days, it would be nice. All of those features will probably be additionally charged as it is a web security feature on FortiClient.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Fortinet FortiClient for two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Sometimes, users cannot connect to the VPN, but this is very rare. When that happens, users just need to restart the computer or shut down FortiClient. In the last two years, out of a hundred users, two or three users reported this case. Afterward, nobody reported this. They know how to solve the issue.

How are customer service and technical support?

They are actually very good. I have contacted their global support prior to buying FortiGate because I had some questions. Afterward, we contacted the local support for the solutions asking how to do this, how to do that, and is it possible with FortiGate. That's all.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have been working with this company for two and a half years. When I joined as an IT manager, we weren't using FortiGate at all. They had ISA Server 2006, and I was looking for a replacement because ISA was not my cup of tea. It was old to handle the number of requests that we had. We had an increase in the number of users, and ISA couldn't handle the load. FortiGate was a logical replacement.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Generally, Fortinet is not cheap. The features that are available for free are only for FortiClient VPN clients, not other solutions. It includes web security, antivirus, and one more feature. 

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did some comparisons and decided to use Fortinet. One of the most important things was Gartner's recommendation related to Fortinet, which was actually very high in 2019. It also had a good position in the market in terms of the number of users using this solution and the user experience.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution, but it depends on the expectations of the users. There are so many solutions like Sophos and Palo Alto. We are looking for an extended solution to prevent unwanted problems with viruses on the internet. We would like to implement extended web security for other users, but we have a limited budget. We would like to implement FortiClient or Trend Micro USB key locket. We are expecting to get the price for Fortinet as well as Trend Micro endpoint security for about a hundred users.

I would rate Fortinet FortiClient a seven out of ten.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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