SFTP is a secure protocol often overlooked when investigating secure file transfer on the Internet. Also know as Secure Shell File Transfer (over SSH), this protocol establishes a secure file transfer channel over a single port (TCP 22), allowing you to upload and download files just as you would with FTP.
Although some standard FTP client programs do not support SFTP/SSH file transfer by default, there are many freeware tools out there that do...
- FileZilla (freeware)
One of our favourite FTP clients, fantastic for multiple concurrent file transfer.
- WinSCP (freeware)
A fantastic SFTP client also supporting standard FTP. The highlight of this product for us is the command line feature for scripting and automation.
- CoreFTP LE (freeware)
Another great freeware FTP client with SFTP support.
- WebDrive (20 day trial)
Map your online storage with us to a drive letter on both Windows and Mac, just as if it were a physical disk or USB drive in your computer.
- Map a drive letter to your SFTP online storage (tutorial)
For the adventurous amongst us, this online tutorial takes you through a free way of setting up a SSH/SFTP connection as a drive on Windows.
SFTP is a great way to get up and running with secure file transfer on your FTP Hosting and all of our packages include this feature as standard. If you would like to find out more, please visit our dedicated FTP Hosting section.