FortiGate is a network security appliance that can apply a number of features to your network traffic, providing a consolidated security solution to match the needs of any network, big or small.

The FortiGate recipes is divided into the following sections:

  • Getting Started: recipes to help you start using your FortiGate.
  • Authentication: recipes about authenticating users and devices on your network.
  • Security: recipes about using a FortiGate to protect your network.
  • VPNs: recipes about virtual private networks (VPNs), including authentication methods.
  • WiFi: recipes about managing a wireless network with your FortiGate.
  • Expert: recipes about advanced FortiGate configurations for users with a higher degree of background knowledge.

Additional FortiGate documentation is available at

  • AF

    Hi All,

    I need to know how the Email Filter in FortiGate works. Let’s say my email services is handle by the web hosting and my internal network using the FortiGate so how the email filter works? Do the email filter scanning when i opening the email or what. Need a clear picture on this. Really appreciate if you could advise me on this.


    • Victoria Martin

      Hi AF,

      For information about email filtering, you should read the Security Profiles chapter of the FortiOS handbook. Here’s a link to the relevant information in the FortiOS 5.4 Handbook:

      I hope that helps!

    • bdickie

      This depends on how you get your email. If you use web mail and see your email messages on a web page from your web browser then email filtering will not be involved. If you use POP3 or IMAP to download email from an email server then Email Filtering can identify spam by adding text (tagging) the subject or MIME fields. If you use SMTP to send email then email filtering can tag or block emails determined to be spam. You can also use Antivirus to remove viruses and other malware from emails and DLP to block email based on the content of the email.