ExaVault's FTP solution provides freeing up your technical resources, removing the need for server and network infrastructure, and giving you instant access easy-to-use tools. SFTP (Secure FTP) offers an additional layer of security, encrypting your files in-transit. All of ExaVault's FTP services include SFTP at no additional cost.
FTP itself is often regarded as lacking in security, because both files and commands are sent 'in the clear', so somebody with access to your network might be able to read your files.
SFTP adds a strong layer of encryption to both data and commands, so a hacker intercepting your network can't read your files or see your login and password. ExaVault uses only 2048-bit and higher encryption keys, giving you the strongest level of security.
Whereas FTP is its own protocol SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol) is a network protocol allowing for file transfer and management designed to work as an extension of SSH which provides the secure connection. Unlike FTP, SSH encrypts both the commands that are sent and the transferred data.
The bottom line is that while FTP and SFTP may seem similar in functionality, they are not directly related technologies.
Security and account control go well beyond choice of protocol (FTP vs. SFTP) when it comes to the day to day needs of the average business. Our SFTP service includes a number of other high security features, including:
Using offsite FTP hosting delivers the best of both worlds: a secure, affordable FTP storage solution, and sophisticated web-based tools that simplify your daily file management tasks. Running your own FTP hosting service is expensive – and you typically are stuck with an outdated desktop interface to manage the server. By using ExaVault's FTP hosting, you forgoe management worries, and you don't have to take care of any servers, and you get a constantly updated web-based FTP management interface.