Friday, January 05, 2007

Secure FTP options

I was looking for an secure option to FTP files to a remote server.
There are 2 options available: FTPS and SFTP....and I was a bit confused in understanding the differences between the two.

FTPS is FTP over SSL/TLS.
SFTP (Secure FTP) is FTP tunneled thru SSH.

SFTP provides an interactive interface that is similar to that of FTP. In addition, the command line version of SFTP is scriptable in that it allows you to specify a batch file to control the file transfer process.

If U are using VPN, then another option would be to constrain FTP access to circuits created over VPN connections, then as long as the VPN is secure end-to-end, FTP will also be acceptably secure.