SFTP (which stands for SSH File Transfer Protocol or Secure File Transfer Protocol) is a transfer protocol that can be used to exchange information between two remote computers. Unlike the original FTP (File Transfer Protocol), SFTP introduces security measures that are able to ensure that the transmitted data and all exchanged credentials are not intercepted or altered by a third-party.
In addition to data security, SFTP is also able to provide data integrity and identity verification, thus minimizing the risk of a man-in-the-middle attack.
Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) works over the Secure Shell (SSH) data stream to establish a secure connection and provide organizations with a higher level of file transfer protection. This is because SFTP uses encryption algorithms to securely move data to your server and keep files unreadable during the process, and authentication prevents unauthorized file access during the operation.
Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) gives you the option to perform a wide variety of tasks for sensitive files, from removing files to resuming paused transfers. Unlike FTP over SSL/TLS (FTPS), SFTP only needs a single port number (port 22) to establish a server connection.
Here at AwardSpace, we are proud to say that SFTP is supported across all our entire paid hosting platform. So, if you are using a paid hosting plan, a semi-dedicated server, or a Virtual Private Server instance, you will be able to take advantage of the security and integrity perks that come with SFTP.