Fortinet FortiToken vs Microsoft Authenticator comparison

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Updated on May 17, 2022

We performed a comparison between Fortinet FortiToken and Microsoft Authenticator based on our users’ reviews in five categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Users report that the initial setup and deployment of both solutions is straightforward and fast.

  • Features: Users of both products are for the most part very satisfied with their stability. Fortinet FortiToken reviewers like its user-friendly interface and say it is a durable and mature product. Several users mention they would like complete OAuth support. Microsoft Authenticator reviewers say it is secure, scalable, and integrates well with Microsoft products but that it lacks integration options with applications and phones.

  • Pricing: Reviewers of both solutions feel that they are fairly priced.

  • ROI: Fortinet FortiToken users report seeing an ROI. Microsoft Authenticator users do not mention ROI.

  • Service and Support: Fortinet FortiToken users are for the most part satisfied with the level of support they receive but mention that response time can be slow. Microsoft Authenticator reviewers are satisfied with the level of support they receive.

Comparison Results: Microsoft Authenticator ultimately won out in this comparison. Our reviewers agree that Microsoft Authenticator is easy to use, high performing, scalable, and secure.

To learn more, read our detailed Fortinet FortiToken vs. Microsoft Authenticator Report (Updated: November 2022).
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"Its ease of installation is most valuable. It took me five minutes, and it was up and running. It didn't take me that long. The installation on the cell phones is pretty simple.""FortiToken is available in a soft or hard token factor, so there's some flexibility in that. Beyond that, I would say it is a stable solution that has worked for us.""The deployment is quick and simple.""I believe FortiToken is the simplest to implement.""The integrated Fortinet security with the app that allows you to easily do the two-factor authentication is most valuable.""Its ease of use is most valuable. It is simple to use and can be deployed out-of-the-box. It is quite a mature product with all the required features."

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"What I like about Microsoft Authenticator is that it has good features. I also like that the tool is straightforward to use. Microsoft Authenticator also has a good UI that's very simple to use. I also like that I didn't find any limitations or negative aspects from the features of the tool because Microsoft Authenticator is not an extensive application. It has a two-factor based authentication which validates the user through the password, then it approves authentication.""It enhances security, especially for unregistered devices. It 1000% has security features that help to improve our security posture. It could be irritating at times, but improving the security posture is exactly what the Authenticator app does.""We have a history of all our authentications and excellent integration with the Microsoft solutions we use at our company. It runs smoothly in Windows and macOS.""Don't delay implementing this solution, it's the best thing you can do for your identity protection.""The two-factor authentication provides an additional layer of security for our organizational data, so Microsoft Authenticator plays a crucial role in making our confidential data more secure.""The solution is free to use and you can use it for every service.""It offers good Microsoft integration capabilities.""Being able to easily authenticate yourself on the MSA app is valuable. It is easy to use. Rather than receiving a code in an SMS, you can just verify that it is you. You don't have to punch in any password or any six-digit code. That's the feature that I like the most."

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"It needs a lot of coupling with their other Fortinet products. To implement FortiToken, I most probably need to couple it with FortiAuthenticator for full implementation. An RSA token can be used with many devices, whereas Fortinet FortiToken is always linked to only one FortiGate device. If I want to reuse the token across five or six FortiGates, I would have to get the FortiAuthenticator product. I can't use one token to connect to different FortiGates, and I need to get another product to enable this functionality. They should also improve the support for their mobile client. There should be a more detailed roadmap for the operating systems being supported. Some of our users were using an old iOS iPhone, and they were forced to get a newer phone because FortiToken didn't support that version of iOS. Similarly, there may be a version of Android that is not supported, so the users need to change the phone. This was one of the reasons why our deployment took longer.""I would like to see complete OAuth support. Also, if they can support it from a SaaS (Software as a Service) or cloud platform, that would be great.""Fortinet support has some room for improvement. It has taken a long time to resolve some issues or find a workaround.""Its reporting should be better. The reporting feature is missing. I don't have any reporting of who has done what, what has failed, and what didn't work.""The solution works well. We have nothing to complain about.""The app could be improved so that you don't have to actually type in the code. It would be great if you can just do a prompt or push similar to the way Duo does."

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"It would be an improvement if Authenticator made it easier to recover the app if you reboot your cellphone and lose access.""Microsoft Authenticator can improve their notifications because sometimes, my team doesn't receive notifications about app updates and authentication failures.""The pricing is okay, however, it could always be better in the future.""Adding a new account can be tricky.""I want to see more features to improve security, such as integrated user behavior analysis.""Our users sometimes experience issues from having multiple Microsoft accounts, which can cause some confusion and hassle.""Lacks integration between applications and phones.""For the end users, it can be confusing if they have worked for another company that had the Authenticator app. It is tricky if they have already had the Authenticator app and then work somewhere else. If they have to download it again and use it again on their phone, it is something that gets complicated. I know how to get through it. They just need to uninstall and reinstall the application, but for them, sometimes, it is confusing."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It is included as part of our firewall license."
  • "Overall, it's cheaper than other solutions. Of course, we evaluated it five years back, and I haven't checked to see its current market position, but one reason we adopted FortiToken is its lower cost of ownership relative to other solutions we evaluated."
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  • "I would advise implementing the solution to VIPs and admins; it's affordable, effective, and efficient. I would say training staff on properly using the tool is also essential."
  • "I don't pay for it. Going by how I feel, I see the prices for any MFA solution going down because the more different alternatives there are, the cheaper things should be. Microsoft Authenticator app would be the preferred application, but there are too many ways to implement MFA. I don't know how much it cost, but the price should go down."
  • "I am not involved in the pricing or licensing, so I can't speak to that."
  • "Microsoft Authenticator is a free product."
  • "I'm not totally aware of the pricing and licensing, but I do know that the pricing and licensing must be quite balanced. We are a pretty old client of Microsoft, and MSA is just one of the services we use from Microsoft. There's a whole Microsoft 365 suite that's implemented as well. I'm sure it is something that is acceptable to both parties."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Its ease of use is most valuable. It is simple to use and can be deployed out-of-the-box. It is quite a mature product with all the required features.
    Top Answer:It needs a lot of coupling with their other Fortinet products. To implement FortiToken, I most probably need to couple it with FortiAuthenticator for full implementation. An RSA token can be used with… more »
    Top Answer:We are using it for VPN. We have its latest version.
    Top Answer:We switched to Duo Security for identity verification. We’d been using a competitor but got the chance to evaluate Duo for 30 days, and we could not be happier. Duo Security is easy to configure… more »
    Top Answer:It has been stable, and we haven't had any issues since we started to use it.
    Top Answer:It comes free with the Microsoft account. We have a yearly agreement, and all products are covered under it.
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    Also Known As
    PhoneFactor, MS Authenticator
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    As we've seen, passwords alone don't keep unwanted guests out of your network. Password-only authentication has led to security breaches, malware infections, and policy violations. With two-factor authentication, a password is used along with a security token and authentication server to provide far better security.  Authorized employees can remotely access company resources safely using a variety of devices, ranging from lpatops to mobile phones.

    Microsoft Authenticator is a multifactor app for mobile devices that gives employees easy, secure access to online accounts, providing multi-factor authentication for an extra layer of security.

    Passwords can be forgotten, stolen, or compromised. With Authenticator, your phone provides an extra layer of security on top of your PIN or fingerprint.

    Protect all of your accounts with two-step verification. The app also helps you secure all of your online accounts by using the industry standard time-based OTP (one-time password) codes.

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    Sample Customers
    Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
    Insight Enterprises, South Wales Police, Gwent Police, and Dyfed-Powys, Integrit, Turkiye Finans, Winnebago Industries, Globosat Programadora Ltda
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Pharma/Biotech Company13%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Company Size
    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise48%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise73%
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise58%
    Buyer's Guide
    Fortinet FortiToken vs. Microsoft Authenticator
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Fortinet FortiToken vs. Microsoft Authenticator and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    Fortinet FortiToken is ranked 4th in Authentication Systems with 6 reviews while Microsoft Authenticator is ranked 2nd in Authentication Systems with 9 reviews. Fortinet FortiToken is rated 8.0, while Microsoft Authenticator is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiToken writes "Ease of administration, durable, and is capable of performing solid RADIUS authentications". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Authenticator writes "Provides easy authentication and high security and works absolutely fine even when you switch organizations". Fortinet FortiToken is most compared with Fortinet FortiAuthenticator, Duo Security, Yubico YubiKey, RSA SecurID Access and Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine), whereas Microsoft Authenticator is most compared with Duo Security, RSA SecurID Access, Yubico YubiKey, Symantec VIP Access Manager and Fortinet FortiAuthenticator. See our Fortinet FortiToken vs. Microsoft Authenticator report.

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