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Introduction to FTPS/SFTP 

The File Transfer Protocol Secure(FTPS) / Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) are a set of rules for file structure and transfer methods, and is the primary method for moving files through the Internet. They are generally faster and more versatile than email. With FTPS or SFTP, you can quickly transfer files between accounts on local and remote sites. For example, a program compiled at a remote computer could be received into your local directory using FTPS/SFTP, or a large text file too big to be mailed could be put at a remote site for storage by using FTPS/SFTP .

(Note: FTPS/SFTP  access for file transfer is NOT allowed from off-campus except when using the JMU configured VPN client)

Possible uses of local FTPS/SFTP include:

  • Moving any files from a computer to Educ(formerly Peregrin) for use on a home page or World Wide Web site.
  • Transferring or copying files from a Educ account to a personal computer for security or archival purposes.

Anonymous FTPS/SFTP

The FTPS/SFTP protocol is also the basis of another service offered by many Internet sites, Anonymous FTPS/SFTP . Many university and commercial computing facilities have created large directories of public domain software, source code, and documentation. These files are freely available to anyone with the ability to FTPS/SFTP  by means of an anonymous login. Programmers and administrators can save time by checking a favorite FTPS/SFTP  site to see if someone else has already written a certain program or document. In fact, portions of this manual were prepared in this manner.  JMU no longer supports FTP but instead is using FTPS/SFTP.

Uses of anonymous SFTP include:

  • Obtaining programs designed to run on networked or CampusNet connections from various anonymous FTPS/SFTP  sites.
  • Getting the latest shareware software for evaluation in the office or home.