Secure FTP

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Secure FTP is a broad term that is used to describe two types of different technologies, FTPS and SFTP, that can encrypt and authentication and data files. [1]

  • FTPS uses SSL or TLS for encryption. The user can choose whether to encrypt both connections or only the data channel. [1]
  • SFTP is a computing network protocol that is used to access and manage files on remote file systems. SFTP also allows file transfers between hosts. SFTP encrypts both commands and data, preventing passwords and sensitive information from being transmitted in the clear over a network. [2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Coviant Software
  2. Indiana University