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"It's a stand alone system that functions well.""The most valuable feature would be that you can actually narrow down your session to one application on one server, which is really nice."

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"When the user gets authenticated, I can assign a different VPN or network to each user.""Compared to other similar solutions, it is faster in connecting.""Fortinet FortiClient is not disruptive, and its interface is great. It has an in-built VPN, which is very useful.""It is a feature-rich product that is easy to use and install without sacrificing security.""It has a very easy-to-use interface. It has ease of management, and all the modules are there. SKUs are also easily identifiable. Whatever is required in the firewall is already there in it. It's very advanced, and analytics reporting is very good. They also have cloud reporting. You get all the services that are available for your device in the cloud. You just have to subscribe. It's very easy. There's a lot of demand for this solution because it's an all-in-one solution. The throughput is very high.""It supports securely connections for VPN users from outside our environment during the lockdown.""It seems to be more scalable than we thought.""The technical support from Fortinet and local vendors is good."

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"Reporting could be improved.""Since it's not going to be getting any more software updates as per the end of this year, we have to move off to a different product.."

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"I think that FortiClient can enhance the multifactor authentication.""When we change our endpoint, we have to connect again, which means having to enter our credentials and permissions.""There isn't much to improve in terms of features and comparison with other vendors. It just needs to stay more up to date in catching the malware. The user interface may be improved, which would be a minor enhancement. Unlike central management, in endpoint security, the end users don't need to keep looking at the endpoint user interface. The technology is the most important thing in endpoint security.""Technical support needs to determine priority level based on the cases rather than the support package bundle.""The only thing that is lacking in this product is the support. Their support can be improved.""It takes too long to install.""The user interface could be more inviting.""I would like to see endpoint detection and response included."

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"FortiClient is quite reasonably priced.""The pricing is reasonable.""The pricing is good because you get and end-to-end security solution in one package price.""The cost per port is very less as compared to the other technologies.""We are using the free version of this product.""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.""Pricing is an area that I would like to see improved, as it could be lower.""The price is reasonable compared to competitors, it is very good."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The most valuable feature would be that you can actually narrow down your session to one application on one server, which is really nice.
Top Answer: Since it's not going to be getting any more software updates as per the end of this year, we have to move off to a different product. They could recontinue the product so that we can keep using it.
Top Answer: The use case is just for IT staff. When the front end stuff goes down, we have a secure solution through which we can come in through the back and fix the front end facing stuff.
Top Answer: What I like most about FortiClient is that it's easy to use. The way it displays information is very straightforward.
Top Answer: FortiClient is much cheaper than endpoint protection systems made by Cisco and other companies. Pricing is especially important in Bosnia. We were deploying Cisco M, but not too many companies can… more »
Top Answer: I'd like the ability to specify when EMS is controlling the client and when it's not because you would have a lot more options were it not for the client. As it stands, you need to edit the XML file… more »
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Your army of road warriors and remote workers require a quick, flexible, reliable and completely secure way to connect to your internal enterprise applications, information and network resources. They want to do this from anywhere in the world, at any time and from any suitable device. The Barracuda SSL VPN provides the security and connectivity to deliver this access, via a web browser or virtually any mobile device.

FortiClient is a fabric agent that delivers endpoint protection, endpoint compliance, and secure access in a single, lightweight, lightweight client, providing visibility, information, and control to your endpoints. In addition, it enables secure, remote connectivity to the security fabric. It also integrates network and endpoint with segmentation and automation. FortiClient enables unified endpoint awareness by sharing endpoint telemetry with the security fabric. It is compatible with third-party EDR (endpoint detection and response and anti-malware solutions.

The FortiClient fabric agent can:

• Report on the status of a device, including firmware version and applications running.
• Send all suspicious files to a fabric sandbox.
• Enforce USB control, application control, URL filtering, and firmware upgrade policies.
• Provide application firewall service and malware protection.
• Enable devices to connect securely to the security fabric over either ZTNA tunnels or VPN (IPsec or SSL), both encrypted. The connection to the security fabric can be either a SASE service or a FortiGate next-generation firewall.

You can purchase FortiClient with one of three levels of capability:

Zero Trust security - The ZTNA edition enables both VPN and ZTNA encrypted tunnels, as well as USB device control and URL filtering.
Endpoint security - The EPP/APT edition adds AI-based NGAV (next-generation antivirus), application firewall, endpoint quarantine, and support for cloud sandbox.
Cloud-based endpoint security

Benefits and Features

• Fabric agent leverages integrations and provides telemetry information to the rest of the Fortinet security fabric.
• SAAS control and web/content filtering
• Dynamic access control helps with automation and simplifies compliance.
• Software inventory management enables visibility as well as management of licenses.
• Automated response detects and isolates any endpoints that may be compromised.
• ZTNA delivers better remote access and consistent application access policies
• Managed endpoint security services remotely assist with setup, configuration, deployment, vulnerability monitoring, and overall monitoring of endpoint security.

Reviews from Real Users:

IT Central Station users like that FortiClient is easy to use and integrates well with other solutions. They also appreciate the richness of its features and find it to be inexpensive in comparison to other products that require separate purchases for separate features.

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Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
Top Industries
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider21%
Educational Organization9%
Financial Services Firm20%
Comms Service Provider15%
Consumer Goods Company15%
Computer Software Company10%
Comms Service Provider35%
Computer Software Company20%
Educational Organization4%
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Small Business62%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise19%
Find out what your peers are saying about Barracuda SSL VPN vs. Fortinet FortiClient and other solutions. Updated: September 2021.
543,089 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Barracuda SSL VPN is ranked 18th in Enterprise Infrastructure VPN with 2 reviews while Fortinet FortiClient is ranked 1st in Enterprise Infrastructure VPN with 23 reviews. Barracuda SSL VPN is rated 8.0, while Fortinet FortiClient is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Barracuda SSL VPN writes "Great flexibility with the added advantage of being a stand alone system". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiClient writes "Provides good endpoint security at low price". Barracuda SSL VPN is most compared with OpenVPN Access Server, Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client and SonicWall SMA, whereas Fortinet FortiClient is most compared with OpenVPN Access Server, Fortinet FortiEDR, Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint and CrowdStrike Falcon. See our Barracuda SSL VPN vs. Fortinet FortiClient report.

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