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Managed File Transfer and Network Solutions

Protecting FTP Passwords from Brute Force Attacks

Posted by John V. on Fri, Aug 01, 2014 @ 08:42 PM

"Always use strong passwords." - You probably don't pay too much attention to this advice, do you? A lot of people don't either. That's why brute force is still one of the favorite techniques for breaking into any password-protected system, including FTP servers. It's really not very difficult to carry out. Let me show you.  

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What is an SSL File Transfer?

Posted by John Carl Villanueva on Tue, Jul 22, 2014 @ 08:50 PM

Overview

SSL file transfer is a term sometimes used in referring to a secure file transfer protocol known as FTPS or FTP-SSL. FTP is a network protocol used for transferring files, while SSL is a protocol for encrypting information sent over a network. This post is meant to help users understand what FTPS is and what it is capable of doing, particularly in terms of enhancing the security of your file transfers.

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Topics: Secure File Transfer, FTPS

What is an AS2 MDN?

Posted by John Carl Villanueva on Sat, Jul 19, 2014 @ 06:50 PM

Overview

An MDN is an electronic return receipt which a trading partner can optionally request during an AS2 interchange. The use of MDNs help enforce data integrity and non-repudiation in AS2. In this post, we'll talk more about the value of issuing an AS2 MDN, what options you have when using it, and an overview of the usual configurable MDN settings in a managed file transfer server. 

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Active v.s. Passive FTP Simplified - Understanding FTP Ports

Posted by John V. on Sat, Jul 19, 2014 @ 05:10 PM

Overview

If a client encounters problems when connecting to your FTP server, one of the first things you might want to check is your FTP data transfer mode. Depending on certain network configurations, this mode should be set to either active or passive. In this post, you’ll understand the salient points of active and passive FTP and learn how to avoid connectivity issues associated with them.

Note: For those who have landed on this page some time in the past, we’d like to inform you that we’ve recently added a new section discussing the passive FTP port range and how large it should be. 

Before we talk about which mode is best for what scenario, let’s first cover one important topic: the two channels of an FTP session.

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How to Reverse Proxy HTTP In 3 Simple Steps

Posted by John Carl Villanueva on Mon, Jul 14, 2014 @ 11:48 AM

Overview

There may be instances when you'd want external users to access HTTP servers located behind your corporate firewall. A secure way of doing that is by allowing access to those servers through a HTTP reverse proxy. In this short tutorial, we'll show you how this can be achieved using JSCAPE MFT Gateway

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Choosing Between SSL Implicit, Explicit, and Forced Explicit Modes

Posted by John V. on Sun, Jul 13, 2014 @ 06:45 PM

Overview

There will be times when you'll want to transfer files over a secure connection. One option is to use FTPS (FTP over SSL) which provides data-in-motion encryption through SSL (Secure Sockets Layer). When you setup an FTPS service in JSCAPE MFT Server, you'll notice that you actually have 3 modes to choose from explicit SSL, forced explicit SSL and implicit SSL.

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How to Reverse Proxy FTP In 3 Simple Steps

Posted by John Carl Villanueva on Fri, Jul 11, 2014 @ 07:42 PM

Overview

Do you have an FTP server behind the firewall that you need to make accessible via the Internet?  Here is a short tutorial on how to setup a reverse proxy to your FTP service using JSCAPE MFT Gateway as shown in Figure 1.

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Load Balancing FTP Services for High Availability

Posted by John V. on Thu, Jul 10, 2014 @ 03:15 PM

Overview

In this post, I'm going to take you through the steps of setting up JSCAPE MFT Gateway to establish load balancing across two FTP servers. Load balanced servers can help you achieve high availability for mission critical file transfer services. We're going to start by creating a new FTP cluster consisting of two FTP servers. Once that FTP cluster is ready, we'll then make it accessible to clients by creating an FTP reverse proxy service that will forward client requests to that cluster.

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JSCAPE MFT Server 9.0 Released

Posted by Van Glass on Mon, Jul 07, 2014 @ 07:58 PM

JSCAPE is pleased to announce the release of JSCAPE MFT Server 9.0.  This version is a major upgrade from previous versions with development efforts focused on the release of a new web based administrative interface.  The new administrative interface replaces the Java based client and allows for the server to be managed using any modern web browser, including those found on Android and iOS tablet devices.

"Over the past year we have successfully migrated all of our enterprise file transfer solutions to a web based platform.  These efforts have been key for our long term strategy and provide our customers greater flexibility and ease of use when managing their file transfers." said Van Glass, Product Manager for JSCAPE MFT Server.

In addition to the new administrative user interface a number of other product enhancements are available in the latest version.  Notable enhancements include include improved AS2 support and the ability to download collections of files as a ZIP archive when using the web client.  For a complete list of all changes please see the version history.

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Topics: News, JSCAPE MFT Server, Managed File Transfer

How to Setup a FTP Reverse Proxy

Posted by John V. on Thu, Jul 03, 2014 @ 04:30 PM

Overview

I'm now going to show you how to enable a reverse proxy service on JSCAPE MFT Gateway. By setting up a DMZ-based JSCAPE MFT Gateway to reverse proxy for one or more file transfer servers in your internal network, you can employ DMZ streaming. This will allow you to provide trading partners and other external users access to your sensitive data without placing the data on any DMZ-based server.  

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