Secure ftp file transfer protocol

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Secure FTP (File Transfer Protocol)

Secure FTP (SFTP) is a specialized version of what is called FTP or "File Transfer Protocol". FTP is a way to easily transfer files to and from remote servers; SFTP operates much in the same matter with the important distinction that all transmissions are encrypted. This proves to be much more secure. This help sheet will help you start and operate this program.

There are 3 steps when using SFTP

1. Opening SFTP. 2. Connecting to a server 3. Transferring a file.

1. Opening SFTP.

SFTP can be found by clicking on Start, then All Programs, then Internet & Web Publishing,and finally Secure FTP.

2. Connecting to a server.

After opening the program, a window will open; in the top left, there is a Quick Connect

button. You will click on this to enter your information and connect to the server.

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Secure FTP (File Transfer Protocol)

After clicking on the button, a dialogue box will pop up asking

for login information. In the Host Name area, you will put the

address of the server you are trying to connect to (in this

example, we are connecting to UMSL's server: admiral). In the User Name area, you should put your user name (in UMSL's case, it will be your SSO ID). Then click on Connect.

After clicking connect, a dialogue box will pop up asking if you

want to save this server's key to the disk. You can safely click Yes (or no) and continue. It will then ask for your Password. Enter your password and then click OK.

3. Transferring files.

After you're connected, you'll see a window with two sides. On the left side will be the files on your computer. On the right side will be the files on the server. To transfer files to or from the server, simply drag and drop the file from one side to the other.

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