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What Is A Key Exchange?

Posted by John Carl Villanueva on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 @ 04:28 PM

Overview

Before any files can be sent securely over protocols like FTPS, HTTPS, and SFTP, the two communicating parties must first engage in a key exchange. What's that?

 

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Topics: Security, Secure File Transfer, SFTP, FTPS

Understanding The Limitation of IRS' "Get Transcript" Multi-Step Authentication

Posted by John Carl Villanueva on Sat, Aug 22, 2015 @ 01:33 AM

Overview

The multi-step authentication system used to secure the IRS "Get Transcript" application required several pieces of data that only the taxpayers could have known. But even that wasn't strong enough to prevent the recent data breach. That's because the system had one serious limitation. 

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Topics: News, Security

A Key Takeaway From The IRS Data Breach

Posted by John Carl Villanueva on Thu, Aug 20, 2015 @ 11:31 PM

 

 

Recently, we learned that the total number of accounts that may have been compromised in the IRS data breach might have exceeded 330,000. That alone's already more than twice the original estimates when the breach was first disclosed in May. But aside from the growing numbers, there are a couple more details that really stand out.

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Topics: News, Security

SCP vs SFTP - 5 Key Comparisons

Posted by John Carl Villanueva on Fri, Aug 07, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Overview

Both SCP and SFTP run over TCP port 22 by default. Both are also used for transferring files. So are they one and the same? If not, what's the difference between the two? In this post, we compare them in terms of qualities essential to file transfers, namely: speed, security, functionality, support for large files, and support for resuming transfers. Let's see which protocol has the advantage.

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Topics: Security, SFTP

Various Linux SCP Examples To Get You Started With Using Secure Copy

Posted by John Carl Villanueva on Mon, Jul 06, 2015 @ 10:37 PM

Overview

SCP (Secure Copy) is a quick, easy way to transfer files securely between two Linux machines. If you don't mind using the command line and all you want is a simple way to upload or download files on Linux, this series of SCP examples should be all you'll need to learn how to do it.

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Topics: Security, Tutorials, Secure File Transfer, SFTP

How To Set Up SSL Client Authentication on an HTTPS and FTPS Server

Posted by John Carl Villanueva on Fri, Jun 05, 2015 @ 11:32 PM

Overview

People who use SSL/TLS to secure their online transactions/file transfers are mostly only familiar with two of its security functions: 1. That it can encrypt data in transit and 2. That it can enable clients to authenticate the server. They're likely not making use of another feature that can greatly enhance SSL security even more - client certificate authentication.

If you've been following our posts, you know that client certificate authentication has been the subject of our discussion lately. However, we've never been able to talk about how to enable it on the server side. This quick post will be all about that.

 

 

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Topics: JSCAPE MFT Server, Managed File Transfer, Security, Tutorials, Secure File Transfer, FTPS

How To Create A Client Certificate

Posted by John Carl Villanueva on Wed, Jun 03, 2015 @ 10:07 PM

Overview

In this post, we show you how to create a client certificate. Client certificates are the key pieces in client certificate authentication, a method you can use to augment your HTTPS, FTPS, or WebDAVs server's username-password login system. 

This is actually just one of three closely related posts that can help you take advantage of this less-known security feature of SSL/TLS. The other two posts are:

What Is Client Certificate Authentication?

and

How To Import A Client Certificate To Firefox

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Topics: JSCAPE MFT Server, Managed File Transfer, Security, Secure File Transfer

How To Import A Client Certificate To Firefox

Posted by John Carl Villanueva on Mon, Jun 01, 2015 @ 10:27 PM

Overview

Client certificate authentication is very suitable for highly-secure HTTPS connections. But for this type of authentication to work, the server must be configured for it and a client certificate must be loaded unto a client application. In this post, we'll focus on the client side. More specifically, we'll talk about how you can import a client certificate to Firefox.

 

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Topics: Managed File Transfer, Security, Secure File Transfer

What Is Client Certificate Authentication?

Posted by John Carl Villanueva on Sun, May 31, 2015 @ 09:54 AM

Overview

How do you strengthen a server's user authentication system? Well, one solution would be to add another. Most servers authenticate users through the usual username-password technique. If you can augment that with another method, you'll be able to make it more difficult for impostors to break in. For servers whose users connect through Web browsers, one option would be something called client certificate authentication. Let me explain what it is.

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Topics: Security, Secure File Transfer, FTPS

Meeting AES 256 Encryption Requirements For Data In Transit

Posted by John Carl Villanueva on Tue, May 19, 2015 @ 11:59 PM


Overview

Not many organizations require AES 256 encryption to secure their sensitive documents. But those who do might find this post quite useful. Here, we'll show you how to enable FTPS, SFTP, HTTPS, WebDAVS, OFTP, and AS2 file transfers with AES 256 bit encryption. Does that look like something you can use? Read on!

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Topics: JSCAPE MFT Server, Security, SFTP, FTPS, AS2

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