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What is the difference between FTP, SFTP, and FTPS?

Category: File Management

spacenation
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2011-12-01 10:57 pm EST

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Tim S.
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2011-12-02 7:41 am EST
Hi spacenation,

Thanks for posting your question. I'm more than happy to assist you. FTPS (also known as FTP Secure and FTP-SSL) is an extension to the commonly used File Transfer Protocol (FTP) that adds support for the Transport Layer Security (TLS) and the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) cryptographic protocols.

FTP is a common protocol for transporting files via the internet. With standard FTP, there is no encryption methodology. FTPS should not be confused with SFTP, which is a secure method of FTP, which requires SSH access.

I hope this helps! If you have further questions or need assistance please feel free to contact us.

Thanks!

Tim S

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Thank you for the clarification. How do I use FTPS so that my file transfers are more secure? Doesn't it make sense to use this functionality instead of "regular" FTP?
RenataH
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2015-02-26 5:56 pm EST
Hello RenataH,

Thank you for your question. Yes, I recommend using SFTP instead of FTP. We have a full guide on Connecting to SFTP for Shared Accounts, that should help you get setup.

If you have any further questions, feel free to post them below.

Thank you,
John-Paul
John-Paul
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2015-02-26 6:08 pm EST
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