PortalGuard is a hybrid cloud solution, providing secure centralized password management to SMBs, Enterprise and Public organizations. Via fully branded login portals, users can leverage Single Sign-On (SSO) to sign in once to access multiple business applications, removing multiple password prompts. Set levels of appropriate security from demanding username and password, unique one-time passwords or knowledge-based questions – all supported by SAML Idp technology for authorizing access within pre-registered cloud apps. PortalGuard also offers form-based authentication, self-service password reset options with reporting, two-factor/contextual authentication and password synchronization.
Additionally, PortalGuard Password Reset native apps for iOS and Android are provided, enabling users a convenient remote method for resetting an Active Directory password. Enrolled users can request the generation of a Time-based One-time Password (TOTP) that facilitates secure authentication for password resets in one step. The app also provides an integrated generator for suggesting passwords based on memorable phrases gleaned via personal questions posed during enrollment – resulting in more familiar results than traditional random character generators.
We benefit from single sign-on to a variety of systems as well as self-service password reset, a functional help desk tool and multi-factor authentication, all in a customizable package that can be hosted locally and in the cloud. It is ultra flexible in meeting our needs.
The support is absolutely outstanding. The software works as designed, and is rock solid. It has one
job to do, and it does it very well. It does not break - but if it does happen to have an issue, I know I will have support for a very critical element of my infrastructure.
The configuration of the product to link it with other systems was challenging and very technical. However, this was where PortalGuard excelled. It was a simple matter to configure PortalGuard in each case. The difficulty was with working through the configuration of the variety of applications we were connecting to it. In every case, the PistolStar / PortalGuard implementation team expertly guided us in the process through our wide variety of systems configurations. In every case, PortalGuard was able to link with our applications. It was obvious that they know how all of these puzzle pieces fit together.
We also used the PistolStar professional services for a few customizations to the admin interface. The process was well managed and the results were exactly what we had hoped for, and were produced in a timely manner.
The recent integration of extended portal features like announcements to PortalGuard is a welcome addition. I hope to see more of this kind of work in future versions.
The icing on the cake... all of it was reasonably priced and didn't break my budget.
The ability to make PortalGuard do whatever you want is both a blessing and a curse.
The user interface could use some work - but you can make those changes yourself - and many institutions have easily done so. In my opinion, I'd like to see this be easier to navigate and more "packaged". For example - the ability to apply simple skins / customizations to the layout via GUI would be a welcome addition.
The PG sales team could do a bit better job of marketing the product and services that stand behind it. They've since improved their site, but you should know that you are not just buying a product (PortalGuard), you are partnering with a company that can deliver single sign-on authentication *expertise* for your organization.
Likelihood to recommend
Very flexible. We have had several use cases arise where we want to provide a better authentication method and we've been able to create a method of doing so using PortalGuard. It also has the numerous features besides SSO including password self service and 2 Factor Authentication.
Not a huge concern, but still a smaller unknown company. When we work with other vendors to implement SAML most of them have never heard of PortalGuard and they don't have easy built in configurations to use with PortalGuard. As long as you understand the SAML methods you can usually work on a custom config to accomplish the goal
The technical support team are fantastic. They help you step-by-step when setting it up and after implementation. The best features is that it gives end-users multiple ways to self-service. I would recommend this product.
Most institutions likely prefer to embed the login page of Portal Guard within their website. There is a great need to copy code to easily embed to any web page. More flexibilty or options is vital.
It was easy to setup,
Upgrades add a lot more functionality and new features
Integration was seamless
I would not consider this a con, but it would have been great if PortalGuard could be setup in non-windows servers.
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Southwestern Community College District was looking for a self-service password reset program to integrate with Microsoft Active Directory. After doing some research, we chose PistolStar's PortalGuard product. The product is simple to configure and maintain. After the initial configuration was a success, we started looking for other applications that could use this technology. We had two immediate projects that came up. Our IDP connection to OpenCCCApply was difficult at best to support and maintain. The initial expenditure of time and effort to get IDP to OpenCCCApply operational before PortalGuard required 3 months of configuration and troubleshooting. Since IDP is the backend for PortalGuard, we opened discussions to see if it would be a good replacement. PortalGuard, with a couple of hours with tech support, had the IDP to OpenCCCApply connection configured and ready for production. It could not have been easier. The second project was the need to implement Single Sign-On throughout our campus community. This solution also went smoothly and with little effort. We have since integrated it with SharePoint, Blackboard, Canvas, OWA and WebAdvisor. We could not be more pleased with how this product and company have worked out for our needs.
Below are some frequently asked questions for PortalGuard.
PortalGuard offers the following pricing plans:
Starting from: $20000
Pricing model: One-time License, Subscription
Free Trial: Available
Per Server Model
Self Service Password Reset:
$5,000; Renewal $5,000
*Low User Pricing; call for a quote
$20,000; Renewal $5,000
Self-Service Password Reset
Low User Count; call for a quote
PortalGuard offers the following features:
PortalGuard has the following typical customers:
Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Public Administrations
PortalGuard supports the following languages:
PortalGuard has the following pricing plans:
One-time License, Subscription
PortalGuard supports the following devices:
PortalGuard integrates with the following applications:
Microsoft Office 365, SharePoint
PortalGuard offers the following support options:
FAQs, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials