FTPS (FTP over SSL or FTP Secure)

FTPS is a secured version of common FTP protocol used for sending and receiving files via network connections. It must not to be confused with SFTP, another data-transferring protocol that have a completely different internal architecture.

The differences between FTPS and SFTP may be sketched by next trivia:

  • FTPS uses the FTP protocol and utilizes two transferring channels: one for data and another one for commands. Security measures are based on SSL encryption.
  • SFTP uses the SSH protocol and is based on only one connection channel, designed for both commands and data transferring.

Backup on FTPS Server

Using FTPS servers as backup destination provides some advantages over keeping data locally or transferring these data to common FTP. The principal advantage over keeping data locally is the minimized risk of data loss due to some disaster or hazard, from device malfunction to burglary.

Advantages of FTPS backup over unprotected FTPs are obvious; this is the extra level of data protection that can be useful when data are transferred through networks, able to fall a prey to some hazardous or malign actions such as hacking, sniffing or stealing.

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Differences Between FTPS and SFTP Backup

Handy Backup can support both file-transferring protocols mentioned, but when you can choose which protocol you will implement for backing up your data, the main definition is what a server you can use for backups. FTPS servers are much widely distributed, and the command structure of FTPS protocol is more clear and well-established.

On the other hand, SFTP protocol is much more modern and technologically superior than FTPS, often providing more strict security rules and somewhat a faster connection than FTPS.


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