FortiGuard Web Filtering - Best for School and SMB
September 17, 2021

FortiGuard Web Filtering - Best for School and SMB

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with FortiGuard Web Filtering Service

We have used FortiGuard Web Filtering Service for around 4 years. We previously tried other software such as Squid Proxy, but it was not effective. Our problem was not solved until we tried using the FortiGate Next-Generation Firewall. There was no need to install a root certificate on the PCs, plus the category of website and antivirus protection was inside already. Previously when using Squid Proxy, we had to add the website names and compile them, which wasted a lot of time.
  • FortiGuard Web Filtering Service effectively protects websites. There is no need to install the root certificate on all PCs inside the network.
  • The database signature updates every hour, so we don't need to spend time updating the website to blacklist or whitelist.
  • It can protect very well. Whereas, some traditional proxies can not do that. For example, others can not block Youtube or Facebook.
  • It can also protect the search keyword, like in Youtube or other social media, Google, etc.
  • The functionality of FortiGuard is simple and easy to use but not advance.
  • The command line is difficult to use and understand.
  • It can block bad websites and categories so students and staff can not go to them.
  • It can block viruses or spam that come from the internet. It also blocks bad advertising on websites, so when browsing it looks clean with no alerts or ads.
  • The subscription is a bit expensive. However, taking its value into consideration makes it worthwhile.

Do you think FortiGuard Web Filtering Service delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with FortiGuard Web Filtering Service's feature set?

Yes

Did FortiGuard Web Filtering Service live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of FortiGuard Web Filtering Service go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy FortiGuard Web Filtering Service again?

Yes

I recommend FortiGuard [Web Filtering Service] for small and medium businesses. It is well suited if you need to block bad websites like pornography, so I especially recommend using it for schools. For example, you can implement a firewall between the public internet and your local network of computer labs, students, and staff.