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Created 15 Mar 2003
Modified 19 Oct 2012

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How To make a secure connection

Protocol Summary

FTP No secure connection.
FTPS
(Explicit)
Explicit security requires that the FTP client issues a specific command to the FTP server after establishing a connection to establish the SSL link. The default FTP server port is used. This formal method is documented in RFC 2228.
Wikipedia: FTPS
FTPS
(Implicit)

Implicit security is a mechanism by which security is automatically turned on as soon as the FTP client makes a connection to an FTP server. In this case, the FTP server defines a specific port for the client (990) to be used for secure connections.
Wikipedia: FTPS

Note: Implicit is deprecated. 

SFTP over SSH 

Wikipedia: SSH file transfer protocol

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is a protocol for transmitting data between a client and a server  via the Internet that uses a cryptographic system designed to prevent eavesdropping, tampering and message forgery that might occur during a regular FTP transfer.

How To select the Protocol

To create a secure connection you have the following options:

Quick Connect

  1. In the menu select File - New Connection
  2. Select the protocol from the Protocol selection

From a Favorite

  1. Select Favorites - Edit Favorites from the menu. The Favorites Browser appears.
  2. From the Favorites Browser window select the Favorite to be used. Right-click on the Favorite and select Properties from the context menu. The Properties dialog appears.
  3. Select General. In the the General dialog change the Protocol.

Keywords
protocol, secure, sftp, ssl, explicit, ssh