How to Disable Fortinet

Fortinet is a Web filtering service that was programmed to help system administrators block certain types of content. The rules governing the content Fortinet blocks are created from a global data pool and, as a result, the software can end up blocking websites that contain useful tools and information. Rather than rewriting the filtering rules for the network, system administrators can use a local SOCKS proxy with Secure Shell that directs the content to a remote, unfiltered destination.

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Disable Fortinet to allow full access to the Internet on your network.

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Download PuTTY. PuTTY is an SSH client that assists the set up of local SOCKS proxies.

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Double-click the PuTTY icon to start the program.

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Click the radial button labeled "SSH."

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Input the remote, unfiltered SSH server's IP address or domain name.

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Enter "22" for the port number, unless the connection port is listed as something other than "Default."

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Click the option tab labeled "Tunnels," then click the radial button marked "Dynamic."

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Enter "localhost" and "8080" as the source port.

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Click the "Add" button. This will create the SOCKS proxy server necessary for bypassing Fortinet.

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Click the option tab marked "Session," then click "Connect." Enter your network user name and password to establish the connection with the remote server.

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Launch your Web browser.

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Click "Tools," then click "Internet Options." Select the tab labeled "Connection," "Network," or "Proxies." The wording of the tab depends on the type of Web browser you have installed.

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Type "localhost:8080" where it lists the Web or HTTP/HTTPS proxy. Click "OK" to save the settings. Your Web traffic will now be routed to the unfiltered domain, thus bypassing Fortinet.