Category: Definitions

With technology improving at a rapid rate these days, we are hearing quite a bit about the movement of various businesses to increasingly digital environments.

More and more business each year is conducted online through digital forums, and though this results in increased efficiency and flexibility in work places, it also means that we rely more heavily on electronics.

And to make up for this reliance, there are always newer technologies and trends coming out to simplify the process of working in digital environments. For example, consider advanced file sharing.

A hot topic for many online businesses and websites, advanced file sharing comes in various shapes and sizes, from established protocols and servers known as FTP, to independent programs and services from companies like Citrix Share File.

But the basic concept behind these various sources for advanced file sharing is the same: they are all designed to make business communications more organized, efficient, and secure. Here are a few words on the specific benefits offered by advanced file sharing services.

File Transfer Capability

While the average document or small file is relatively easy to transfer via ordinary email and similar services, larger and more complex files can be problematic. With access to an advanced file sharing service, your business will be able to move these larger and more complex files with ease between employees and clients.

Needless to say, particularly for businesses that frequently rely on such files (presentations, video and sound clips, lengthy documents or large collections of documents, etc.), this sort of easy transfer option can greatly improve efficiency in the workplace.

File Transfer Security

In addition to allowing people involved in your business to transfer large and complex files, advanced file sharing services can also provide you with increased security on such transfers.

Most of these services can be set to require log-in names and passwords, and some have advanced security options, such as file encryption and file tracking. These types of features can help you to be absolutely certain that sensitive work-related files end up in the right hands.

Work File Organization

Finally, transferring work files via advanced file sharing services can also result quite naturally in improved organization for business-related documents and files. When moving such files through ordinary email, it can become far too easy to let work files become buried with other emails and files.

However, if your business relies on a file sharing service or system, you can be more certain that all of your work files are stored separately from other files. This is not only a more organized system, but it is also a form of security in and of itself!

 

FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is quite a long standing internet protocol. It owes much of its success to client software such as CuteFTP, which enable simple uploading and downloading of files.

However, the internet has changed dramatically since FTP was first devised. As a result, the standard FTP protocol has a few foibles that were not envisioned when it was first developed, but FTP clients such as CuteFTP are able to solve these and provide an all round solution for the modern IT professional.

One of the main problems regarding FTP is that it was never really designed to be a secure protocol, especially compared to modern internet security requirements. As a result, FTP can become vulnerable to malicious attacks, such as brute force attacks, packet sniffing, or port stealing.This is because standard FTP cannot encrypt its traffic, so information such as usernames and passwords can be read by anybody performing a packet sniffing attack on a network.

Need for Security

For some users, the need for security is an essential. Ensuring networks have password encryption, cable providers have adequate firewalls, and systems are all running anti-virus software is now part and parcel of good network security.

Because users access FTP servers over the internet, they can be left exposed to attack, which is why FTP clients such as CuteFTP use secure versions of FTP that prevent such security problems.

Secure File Transfer Protocol

Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) is technically not related to FTP. However, as it has a similar command set to FTP most people refer to SFTP as a secure form of FTP. SFTP can do pretty much everything FTP can, such as uploading and downloading files, and transferring data.However, many standard FTP clients can’t talk to SFTP servers, and many SFTP clients can’t talk to FTP servers. Fortunately, CuteFTP can, which makes it ideal for people concerned about security.

SFTP uses the Secure Shell Protocol (SSH) for uploading and downloading files and transferring information. SSH encrypts the client commands and the data, which prevents any sensitive information such as usernames and passwords from being read by anybody that intercepts the transfer, enabling peace of mind when transmitting over the internet or an open network.

This in essence turns the SFTP transfer into a perfectly safe and private data stream that only authorized users can gain access to.

While the main purpose of SFTP is to transfer data securely over the internet, it can also provide access to the file system on the SFTP server. Because SFTP encrypts the transfer connection between the user’s computer and the SFTP server, any data transferred is as secure as other forms of data transfer such as HTTPS (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure), which is often used by online banks and other organizations that require extreme security.

Fingerprints

As an added measure of security, SFTP utilizes an encrypted fingerprint system, which ensures the SFTP connection is exchanging data with the right server. During the first connection, the SFTP server asks the client for confirmation before it provides a secure fingerprint key. Once the user confirms the server is the correct one, the SFTP server sends this fingerprint information, which enables a user to check each time he or she connects to the server that no unauthorized user is sitting between them and SFTP server and trying to intercept information.

Going secure with CuteFTP

CuteFTP is an ideal client for use in secure environments. Not only does CuteFTP make use of SFTP and permit secure connections to SFTP servers, but it also makes use of other secure protocols too, including:

  • FTPS – An extension of standard FTP, which provides support for TLS (Transport Layer Security) and SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) cryptographic protocols for encrypting data streams
  • OpenPGP Encryption – an automatic encryption and decryption system for secure data transfer.
  • HTTPS – A secure form of HTTP (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol), which uses SSL standards.
  • OTP – One Time Password authentication for secure logins.

Because of the security measures provided with the CuteFTP client, it is the ideal solution for all sorts of applications where security is a concern. CuteFTP enables easy, fast and secure file transfer, making CuteFTP perhaps the best FTP client for IT professionals and those serious about security.

On CuteFTP Guide you get tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your CuteFTP Software.

FTP Explained

The letters FTP stand for File Transfer Protocol, and that’s exactly what FTP allows you to do – transfer files from place to place.

The most common use for FTP is to download files from the Internet to ftp servers. When downloading a file from the Internet you’re actually transferring the file to your computer from another computer over the Internet.

Most often, a computer with an FTP address is dedicated to receive an FTP connection. Just as a computer that is setup to host Web pages is referred to as a Web server or Website, a computer dedicated to receiving an FTP connection is referred to as an FTP server or FTP site.

The virtual ‘key’ to get into an FTP site is the UserID and Password. If the creator of the FTP site is willing to give everyone access to the files, the UserID is ‘anonymous’ and the Password is your e-mail address (e.g. name@domain.com). If the FTP site is not public, there will be a unique UserID and Password for each person who is granted access.

When connecting to an FTP site that allows anonymous logins, you’re frequently not prompted for a name and password. Hence, when downloading from the Internet, you most likely are using an anonymous FTP login and you don’t even know it.

To make an FTP connection you can use a standard Web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc.) or a dedicated FTP software program, referred to as an FTP ‘Client’.

Today many people use a sophisticated FTP client to get files to and from their web sites. You just launch the program, enter some basic information (such as the site address, account name and password) and connect. Once connected, you can usually just drag and drop files from your own hard drive to the site.

Our preferred solution for FTP transfers is CuteFTP. This software boasts with a lot of added functionality and is one of the most advanced yet easy to use ftp software.

Check out CuteFTP here!

CuteFTP Guide is a blog about FTP in general and how to get the most out of your CuteFTP software.

What Is FTP?

FTP Definition

FTP or File Transfer Protocol is a method to transfer data between computers over the Internet or in a network.

I looked around a bit online to find a good definition of the term. Most definitions compare FTP to other file transfer methods such as HTTP, but it makes little sense to try to define it that way if you are a beginner. The Computer Encyclopedia cam up with a short and relatively simple one.

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