Knowledgebase: SSL VPN

SSL is an easy to use application-level network independent method of ensuring private communication over the Internet. Commonly used to protect the privacy of online shopping payments, customer’s web browsers can almost transparently switch to using SSL for secure communication without customer’s being required to do any SSL-related configuration or have any extra SSL-related software.
SSL protection can also be applied to secure communication over the Internet between client PCs and a remote network using SSL VPN. For basic SSL VPN functionality all a user needs to do to access an SSL VPN is to browse to the IP address of a FortiGate unit configured for SSL VPN. The users do not require any special SSL VPN software or configuration since SSL in the form of HTTPS is automatically enabled by most web browsers.
The FortiGate SSL VPN configuration requires an SSL VPN web portal for SSL VPN users to log into, the addition of a user authentication configuration to allow SSL VPN users to login and then the creation of SSL VPN security policies that control the source and destination access of SSL VPN users. SSL VPN security policies can also apply UTM and other security features to all SSL VPN traffic. FortiASIC processors can accelerate SSL VPN encryption, optimizing SSL VPN performance for a large user base.
Additional SSL VPN features are available including tunnel mode, virtual desktop for enhanced endpoint protection, and endpoint security checks.
These features are supported for SSL VPN clients that can be downloaded automatically by SSL VPN users after logging into the SSL VPN portal. Users can also download Fortinet SSL VPN clients to access these additional SSL VPN features without logging into and SSL VPN portal. Fortinet supports SSL VPN clients for many PC and mobile platforms.

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