FTP software?

From: Jay West <jwest_at_classiccmp.org>
Date: Fri Oct 31 12:11:13 2003

Jon wanted some ftp software...

For a commercial solution... Van Dyke has the best game going. SecureFX. It
supports ftp, sftp, and ftp over ssh. Reasonably priced, the tech support is
first rate. I own a license for this (and SecureCRT) and am extremely happy
with them, use 'em every day.

For a freeware solution... WinSCP is totally freeware and can be downloaded
from http://winscp.vse.cz/eng/ This program works well, albeit if you're
sitting on multiple gigabit connections to the internet, you will notice it
is actually a fair amount slower in sftp mode than secureFX is. For average
use, probably not really noticeable.. and.. it's free!

Why does everything I suggest support sftp as well as ftp? There are a lot
of freeware FTP clients out there, but most do not support SFTP. They will
at some point or die, because more and more service providers are starting
to disallow ftp. Passwords in cleartext is "aBadThing(tm)". Also, more users
are starting to get security concious even for general stuff and wanting to
keep prying eyes away. So why not get something that supports both.

Both of the packages above have the typical "file manager tree drag and
drop" interface that is seen in the IPswitch product.


Jay West

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