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The Benefits of a SFTP Cloud
Martin Horan

By: Martin Horan on May 5th, 2015

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The Benefits of a SFTP Cloud

The Cloud

Updated December 19, 2016

Transferring files from one computer to another is something that you can do in a few different ways depending on your preferences. For years, one of the most common has been through a technique called FTP, or file transfer protocol. Data is transferred from its origin to its destination by way of a TCP network, with the Internet being the most prominent example. FTP Cloud techniques have emerged in recent years, which replace the TCP-based transfer network with the power of the cloud itself. In an era where security is key, however, more advanced techniques have been developed like the SFTP cloud to help users make sure that their confidential information is safe and secure at all times. From concept to execution, the SFTP Cloud brings with it a wide range of benefits that can't be ignored.

What is an SFTP Cloud?

SFTP is an acronym that stands for “SSH file transfer protocol”, or more broadly "secure file transfer protocol." The main difference between a traditional FTP Cloud environment and an SFTP alternative is that SFTP gives users the ability to encrypt data during transfer. SSH Encryption is an advanced security technique that essentially "scrambles" data, making it unreadable to anyone without the appropriate key. SFTP Cloud solutions employ 256 bit advanced encryption methods to help add as much security as possible. Additionally, SFTP users have dedicated IP support to the cloud-based solution that they're using, thus taking the concept of safety one step further.

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The Benefits of the SFTP Cloud for Business Users

For both home users and businesses, the main benefit of the SFTP Cloud environment is one of security. Though you get all of the efficiency benefits that come along with transferring files using FTP, you get the added layers of security via encryption and dedicated IP support that only SFTP technology can bring.

Business users can take things one step further by creating specific sets of permissions for individual users, which only adds to the versatility that these solutions can bring. If one particular employee needs access to some but not all of the files that are available in the cloud environment, SFTP allows you to restrict their access via a dedicated username and password.

In an era where heightened security is key to prevent the types of personal attacks that struck famous iCloud users in 2014, or to help safeguard businesses against data breaches that can cost hundreds of millions of dollars to clean up, the SFTP Cloud is an obvious solution to all of these concerns and more. It takes the versatility and ease of use found in standard FTP environments one step further by offering a complete solution to all of your file transfer requirements.

Key Takeaways:

  • The SFTP Cloud allows you to create specific usernames and passwords for individual users.
  • SFTP Clouds employ advanced encryption techniques to help keep information safe during a transfer.
  • SFTP Cloud environments are significantly more secure than traditional FTP deployments.

About Martin Horan

Founder of FTP Today and an expert in secure file transfer and Internet protocols. A software and IT geek since a young age, Martin has successfully led his companies through the digital age by spotting market niches and filling them with quality IT services.

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