FTP is the standard protocol for file transfers. Great, let’s use it. What could be better than the standard? Shhhh…. there might be something that can provide encryption and additional protection of your transmitted data.
What is SFTP?
SFTP is also known as SSH File Transfer Protocol. “SSH” is the key part of this term, providing the security that modern businesses require for their secure file storage and data transfers.
SFTP was created by the Internet Engineering Task Force as an extension of the secure SSH version 2.0. Unlike standard FTP the secure shell protocol offers enhanced security through the usage of SSH keys that keep the encryption filter turned on continuously.
Don’t Keep Quiet About SSH Keys
SSH keys offer strong authentication and encryption of all your FTP and SFTP data transfers. They enable remote logins and secure file transfers for your cloud SFTP account.
Make some noise by jingling your SSH keys. Ok, they’re not physical keys – it’s a cryptographic pair of keys, and they are your access credentials. A public key and a private key. They allow you to manage and access information in the cloud. Both are needed to identify you to the FTP server.
- The private SSH key is never shared and remains on your local computer.
- The public half of the SSH key goes on the host server you’re trying to connect to. You can email your public key and even paste it publicly online.
As well as offering additional security, authentication with SSH keys can be more convenient than the traditional password authentication. SSH is common for large business and corporations, but secure file transfers are not limited to just the big shots. All across the cloud, SSH keys functionally are similar to passwords and are used to manage files as well as user access to files and folders. And yes, you do need to keep control of your private SSH keys just like you would your car keys or bank account PIN.
Our online library includes additional information and instructions on how to set up SSH keys with your SFTP account. Follow our instructions here and create your SSH key pair today!