What Is SFTP?


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"SFTP" can refer to either SSH file transfer protocol or Simple File Transfer Protocol. The first is a popular form of secure file transfer and the second is a now-defunct, slimmed-down version of FTP. SFTP should refer to SSH file transfer protocol specifically instead of secure FTP universally.

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Unlike standard FTP, SSH file transfer protocol utilizes Secure Shell protocol to encrypt commands and data alike, protecting passwords and important information from being broadcast over a network. SSH file transfer protocol is not compatible with FTP software, so a server running one cannot operate with a client using the other. Embedded support that allows use of both protocols exists.

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