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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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"It supports securely connections for VPN users from outside our environment during the lockdown.""We find the VPN features valuable.""From Forticlient, the EMS, the central management is easy to use.""It seems to be more scalable than we thought.""The VPN has proven to be quite useful.""The solution offers great stability.""The Fortinet FortiClient is simple to use.""The most valuable features are malware detection, integrates well with other solutions, and ease of use for all users."

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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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"When we change our endpoint, we have to connect again, which means having to enter our credentials and permissions.""With Fortinet, some clients have to wait two to four days for a response. That is the biggest complaint from end customer about Fortinet's technical support.""The solution should have faster turnaround when it comes to new technology.""The deployment status is not good in Mac devices and sometimes in Windows-based devices using GPO, like Active Directory, that are not on the local network.""In the next release, I would like to see an additional layer of security added.""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.""While I cannot think of new features to add, it would be nice if the reports were improved, to have these sent automatically.""The only thing that is lacking in this product is the support. Their support can be improved."

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"It is a yearly subscription license. I don't see a problem with the pricing. Resellers add their markup and then give it to us, but I don't see that as a major challenge. It is fine.""We are using the free version of this product.""The price is reasonable compared to competitors, it is very good.""The pricing is good because you get and end-to-end security solution in one package price.""I don't have the licensing schema for the VPN solution because we just purchased the VPN gateway.""The pricing is reasonable.""Fortinet FortiClient comes free with the purchase of the FortiGate solution. There is a license required for this solution. You later can upgrade from the free version which will allow more endpoints. The cost of the license subscription is based on how many endpoints you require.""The solution's scalability is inexpensive."

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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: Fortinet FortiClient is a feature-rich solution that is easy to use and deploy without sacrificing safety and security. It has a very fast connection rate and has a built-in VPN. With this solution… more »
Top Answer: I suggest Fortinet’s FortiEDR over FortiClient for several reasons. For starters, FortiEDR guarantees solid protection because it continually scans servers for emerging vulnerabilities, which gives me… more »
Top Answer: The solution offers great stability.
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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 Firm23%
Comms Service Provider18%
Consumer Goods Company14%
Computer Software Company9%
Comms Service Provider35%
Computer Software Company20%
Educational Organization4%
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Small Business56%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise22%
Find out what your peers are saying about Barracuda SSL VPN vs. Fortinet FortiClient and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
554,529 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Barracuda SSL VPN is ranked 16th in Enterprise Infrastructure VPN with 2 reviews while Fortinet FortiClient is ranked 1st in Enterprise Infrastructure VPN with 27 reviews. Barracuda SSL VPN is rated 8.0, while Fortinet FortiClient is rated 8.4. 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, SonicWall SMA and Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway, 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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