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Monday, May 14, 2012


SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol)
Despite SSH in its name, it is designed to work over any reliable data stream, but WinSCP supports only operation over SSH, which is also by far its most common usage.
Being operated over SSH, it is secure protocol. In its basic functionality it is similar to old FTP, while having better designed advanced functionality. Unfortunately not all SFTP server implementations take advantage of the advanced features, yet.
Especially in its later versions (from 4 upwards), it is more platform independent, compared to both FTP and SCP.
Unlike SCP, for connection with an SFTP server you do not need access to shell (although some implementations may still require that) WinSCP is an open source free SFTP client, SCP client, FTPS client and FTP client for Windows. Its main function is file transfer between a local and a remote computer. Beyond this, WinSCP offers scripting and basic file manager functionality.

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