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Parental Control Review 2018 – Fortinet FortiClient

Date June 2018
Language English
Last Revision July 20th 2018

Parental Control Review 2018 for Windows


Release date 2018-07-20
Revision date 2018-07-20
Test Period June 2018
Number of Testcases 2000
Online with cloud connectivity checkbox-checked
Update allowed checkbox-checked
False Alarm Test included checkbox-checked
Platform/OS Microsoft Windows

Introduction

Amongst other things, parental control software allows parents to filter out websites that their children can see, in order to avoid the children being exposed to materials the parents consider unsuitable, such as pornography, gambling or weapons.

Parental Control Certification

AV-Comparatives provides certification for parental control software. In order to be certified, a product must block at least 98% of pornographic websites, have no more than a few false alarms on child-friendly websites, and have no severe unresolved bugs (or design flaws) discovered during the review. A certification is valid for one year and vendors can apply for certification once a year.

Tested Products

Test Procedure

We tested the effectiveness of the parental control software against 2,000 websites with potentially inappropriate content for children. We chose the appropriate settings for a 9-year-old girl, which would block sites relating to pornography, gambling and weapons.

Review

We have included a short review of the product in this report, so that parents have an idea of what the product is like to use and what other features it has. Please note that certification is not affected by any of the points mentioned in the review, and is based solely on the technical test results described above.

Testcases

The 2000 URLs were broken down as follows:

  • Pornography: 1,600 sites displaying pornographic images and text
  • Gambling: 200 sites which allow online betting
  • Weapons: 200 sites selling or advertising weapons online

We additionally tested 100 obviously child-friendly websites, such as lego.com, to check for false positives.

Test Results

  Block Rate
Adult 98.0%
Gambling 84%
Weapons  52%
False-Positives  0

 

Product Reviews

Fortinet FortiClient    

Fortinet FortiClient for Windows
Fortinet FortiClient for Windows – GUI

About the product

Fortinet FortiClient is intended as a security client for businesses using Fortinet security services, although it can be used free of charge on home computers. As well as business-specific features such as secure remote access, it also includes functions such as antivirus, firewall and web content filtering (parental control) that would be valuable to home users. You can decide which components to install, so you could set up just the web-filtering component, but use e.g. Windows Firewall and a third-party antivirus solution.

Which versions of Windows does it work with?

Windows 7, 8.1, 10      

What parental control features does it have?

FortiClient includes a web filter, which allows parents to block or allow specific web pages and broad categories of website. There is also a log of blocked pages, so that parents can see which blocked sites their children have tried to access.

What categories of material does it block?

Most of the website categories that parents might want to hide from their children are contained in the Adult/Mature Content group, as shown in the screenshot below. However, to ensure that all unsuitable sites are blocked, parents should ensure that the Potentially Liable group is also selected.

Fortinet FortiClient for Windows
Fortinet FortiClient for Windows – Category Filter

Installing and configuring the product

FortiClient is installed by downloading and running the installer file. You need to select Additional Security Features, Web Filtering on the Setup Type page of the wizard:

Fortinet FortiClient for Windows
Fortinet FortiClient for Windows – Setup

Blacklisting/whitelisting individual sites

Clicking Add in the Exclusion List section of the Web Security  settings page lets you allow a specific web page in a blocked category, or vice versa:

Fortinet FortiClient for Windows
Fortinet FortiClient for Windows – Black-, Whitelist           

What does the child see when a page is blocked?

Fortinet FortiClient for Windows
Fortinet FortiClient for Windows – Blocked Webpage

Help

Clicking Help, Technical Documentation allows you to see/download the product’s comprehensive Administration Guide. Amongst a wealth of information about the business-related functions there are simple instructions for using the web-filtering component:

Fortinet FortiClient for Windows
Fortinet FortiClient for Windows – Help

Verdict

FortiClient provides a very straightforward means of filtering the web content that children can see. Parents should note that settings apply to all users of the computer. When setting up the product, care needs to be taken to choose the components to install, to ensure that there is one firewall and one antivirus program on the computer.

Award levels reached in this Parental Control Review

Fortinet FortiClient for Windows reached the above requirements and therefore receives the 2018 AV-Comparatives Approved Parental Control Award.

APPROVED
FortinetAPPROVED

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