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Thread: SFTP or FTP

  1. #16
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    Jan 2018
    FTP is a popular file transfer method that has been around longer than the world wide web—and it hasn’t changed much since it’s invention. Back then, it was usually assumed that internet activity was not malicious, so FTP wasn’t created as a secure file transfer protocol to deal with the kind of cybersecurity threats we now see in the news every day.

    In FTP, secure channel is not provided to transfer the files between the hosts.

    It establishes the connection under TCP protocol.

    It works on direct method for file transfer.


    SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol) is a secure FTP protocol that sends files over secure shell (SSH), providing a high level of protection for file transfers. SFTP provides two methods for authenticating connections:

    In SFTP, secure channel is provided to transfer the files between the hosts.

    It establishes the control connection under SSH protocol.

    It works on tunelling method for transferring of files.

  2. #17
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    Aug 2020
    FTP does not offer a secure channel to transfer files between hosts. SFTP offers a secure channel for transferring the files between the host. FTP is accessible anonymously, and in most cases, it is not encrypted. SFTP encrypts the data before sends it to another host.

  3. #18
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    Sep 2020
    SFTP is a terminal program and its slow. So if you are server owner then you must use SFTP other than you can use FTP to access your files. You can check about SFTP.

  4. #19
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    Feb 2022
    SFTP and FTPS are both as secure as the client and server, which is almost always going to be the limiting factor. If either one has a particular vulnerability in the underlying SSH or TLS protocol or uses it insecurely, or if either is directly compromised, then they’re no longer ‘truly secure’.

    Barring that, SFTP is among the most robustly encrypted transfer mechanisms you can use.

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