Leading Secure FTP Software for File Transfer Automation

With Cleo, data movement is just a few clicks away. Launch FTP/SFTP connections 10x faster than competing solutions on an intuitive browser-based interface.

Whether it's upgrading your SFTP clients or simply connecting with a remote file system, Cleo has you covered with FTP/SFTP connectors.

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Additional information about FTP/SFTP integration

The capabilities of FTP integration

FTP Integration is a network protocol used to transfer flat files between systems. In existing systems with FTP, files are transferred individually. One system sends the data and the other system ingests the file. 

The transfer between systems would now managed in batches, meaning multiple files can be transferred at once. FTP integration makes for a much more efficient, accurate, and easier process—helping system administrators better manage the transfer status. 

Secure FTP is similar to FTP, except it has the added protection of encrypting authentication information (ex. password and username), as well as the data files being transferred. 

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What is SFTP software?

Your business circumstances most likely require support of not just one, but many data transport protocols. It’s important to invest in a solution that is a recognized leader in data transport. SFTP software features should include robust cloud protocols and connectivity methods to power your data movement needs and meet every critical trading partner requirement.

With our award-winning SFTP software, you can easily:

 1. Automate end-to-end file-based processes between every trading partner and internal systems

 2. Reduce manual touchpoints and consolidate separate file transfer products to a single cloud-based solution

 3. Accelerate your cash cycle times by helping reduce errors and optimize exception management

Frequently asked questions

Learn about file transfer protocol definitions & find answers to secure FTP FAQs.

What is FTP?

FTP, or File Transfer Protocol, is an application protocol that uses the TCP/IP protocols.

FTP is commonly used to transfer webpage files from their creator to a web server.

It’s also used to download programs and other files from other servers; however, FTP does not include any options for encrypting data in transit and is generally considered insecure.

What are secure FTPs used for?

FTPs (FTP over SSL) adds a secure encryption layer (Secure Sockets Layer) around the FTP protocol to secure the commands and data that are being transferred between the client and the server.

What is SFTP?

Secure Shell File Transfer Protocol (Secure FTP) uses SSH to transfer files and requires that the client be authenticated by the server.

Commands and data are encrypted to prevent passwords and other sensitive information from being exposed to the network in plain text.

Unlike FTP, an SSH file transfer protocol protects data while it is being transmitted and does not use separate command and data channels.

Both data and commands are transferred in formatted packets from the SFTP server via a single secure connection.

What does SFTP have to do with FTPS vs FTP?

FTPS adds a secure encryption layer around the FTP protocol. 

SFTP is an entirely different protocol that uses SSH to transfer files.

Unlike both FTP and FTPS, SFTP uses only one connection to encrypt:

  1.  Authentication information 
  2.  Data files being transferred.

Want to learn more about the SFTP process? Uncover the answers to frequently asked questions surrounding secure FTP.

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What is the difference between SFTP and FTP?

FTP refers to the use of SSL (Secure Shell)  or TLS for encryption, while SFTP refers to the use of Secure Shell or SSH network protocol to exchange data over a secure channel. Secure FTP generally refers to both FTP, and SFTP, which can each encrypt authentication information and data files in transit.

Is SFTP or FTP more secure?

SFTP is a protocol for file transfer over SSH (Secure Shell) and is very similar in functionality to FTP, which is designed for secure file transfer. With SFTP, a connection is authenticated over a secure channel, while FTP refers to the use of SSL or TLS for encryption.

Is SFTP faster than FTP?

Secure FTP revolves around the use of SSL (Secure Shell) or TLS for encryption, while SFTP also revolves around the use of Secure Shell or a SSH network protocol to exchange data over a secure channel. The speed for each FTP and SFTP depends on various business processes and an enterprise’s environment.

What are the benefits of secure FTP?

1. Security: Single secure connection and encryption to protect data in transit

2. Firewall Friendly: No need for client-side firewall access and simplified firewall configuration

How do I setup a secure FTP?

If you are currently using secure FTP protocols or are considering it for the future, contact us today to learn how we can assist you.

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