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Score 7.8 out of 100
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Score 8.5 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Absolute is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

9.5

Absolute

95%
2 Ratings
7.1

Pulse Secure Unified Client

71%
3 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Absolute

I do think it is well worth the cost and consideration, especially if you are using it on devices containing electronic medical records, personal health information or personal privacy information or devices that contain proprietary information, critical business information or other information that needs to be securely protected. It can also be used to track a device (individual) as well if that is your goal. We use it as an extra precaution to track our mental health clinicians that do home visits. It allows us to keep track of their whereabouts, in case an issue arises at a client's home. We are able to send someone out to check or assist, alert emergency services or send law enforcement if a situation should arise.
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Ivanti

It is well suited for large corporations for granularity on users' roles, security levels for each application, and for logging in with an extra security layer. For doing demanding network tasks, like downloading a large set of data or for streaming, it could get slower than with a direct connection.
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Pros

Absolute

  • I tracked a stolen computer all the way to Africa from USA and disabled it.
  • I set up geofences with alerts. As soon as a computer got a wifi connection outside of our fences it would email me its current location.
  • Absolute's persistent technology was helpful. -Even when a pawn shop would attempt to "wipe" a device before getting it online, as soon as it got online it notified me of the OS re-installation and current location. We could call authorities and they could recover the device for us. And they were happy it made their job easier and deterred the pawn shop from reselling stolen devices.
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Ivanti

  • Provides a secured VPN network
  • Works particularly well with windows OS with very little downtime
  • Is economical to use
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Cons

Absolute

  • I do not know where I would consider this product to be deficient in functionality, difficult to use or any major changes that needed to be addressed.
  • I wish the pricing of this product was a little lower, but I do think it is well worth the cost and consideration, especially if you are using it on devices containing electronic medical records, personal health information or personal privacy information.
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Ivanti

  • Their Mac OS testing needs a lot of work. I upgraded to Big Sur, and on a managed machine, Pulse Secure caused a Kernel crash that forced the machine to reboot endlessly. This took months to be fixed, and I wasn't able to use it until then.
  • It's very difficult to add some advanced policies to the administrative aspect of the client. For example, to check if a machine is managed by the company, or owned by the user (in order to block certain resources), it's basically impossible, or incredibly convoluted and requires a stack of 3rd party tools
  • The pulse secure client collects more information than you might know about. Be aware of this: “[Pulse Secure] may have access to personal information, but does not collect it”
  • The host checker is very slow, and has to be reinvoked on every reconnect.
  • Sometimes the Application Launcher doesn't even detect itself running and forces you to reinstall.
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Pricing Details

Absolute

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    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    Optional

    Additional Details

    Pulse Secure Unified Client

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Pulse Secure Unified Client editions and modules pricing
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    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Alternatives Considered

      Absolute

      I have only used Absolute Data and Device Security (DDS). It was recommended by my Dell sales rep. After reviewing the product info, and loading a demo, it became clear that this is what was needed to add to our existing security to protect us from information loss due to a data breach on our portable devices. I presented this solution to the appropriate departments, and they agreed that this was something well worth the investment.
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      Ivanti

      Since I was not involved with the decision-making of picking pulse secure over Nord VPN but as per my understanding, it is more economical than Nord VPN. Also, two-factor authentication adds another security layer to the connection, and being a bank it's important for my organization to ensure the data is secured.
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      Return on Investment

      Absolute

      • Recovery of stolen assets.
      • After recovering a few devices and students becoming aware of Absolute being deployed, it had a prevention effect deterring additional theft.
      • It deterred pawn shops from accepting our stolen machines.
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      Ivanti

      • It has a positive ROI
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