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

Category: File Management

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.


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?
6 Points
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,
31,093 Points
2015-02-26 6:08 pm EST
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