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What is the difference between FTP, FTPS, and SFTP?

Karla Marsh
EFT Express (SMB) & Enterprise

Why would you choose FTPS over FTP, or SFTP over FTPS? Which protocol you should use depends on your network, whether you transfer files outside of your network or allow remote access to your network, and a variety of other variables. Speed and performance are factors, but the most important factor is, of course, security. FTPS is more secure than FTP (which is not secure at all) and SFTP is even more secure than FTPS. Please read the article linked below for very good explanations of the pros and cons and technical limitations of FTP vs. FTPS vs. SFTP.

What is FTPS, FTP, SFTP and what is the difference between them?

The EFT managed file transfer platform supports several different, industry-standard protocols: FTP, FTPS, HTTP, HTTPS, SFTP, AS2, and "FAST" which is a UDP-based protocol.

Read more about EFT here and here.

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