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What Is The FTP/S EPSV Command and When Do You Use It?

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EPSV is a command issued by an FTP/S client to signal the server that it wishes to enter into what is known as Extended Passive Mode. But what is Extended Passive Mode and when is it appropriate to use EPSV? Let’s find out.

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Topics: JSCAPE MFT, Managed File Transfer, FTPS, FTP

Using A Remote FTP/S Service As Network Storage For Your MFT Server

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JSCAPE MFT Server's Network Storage module (formerly known as Reverse Proxy) makes it possible to extend the storage of your managed file transfer server to various remote services and storage solutions like SFTP servers, Samba shares, Amazon S3 buckets, Azure Files folders, and many others. This can come in handy when your MFT Server machine has limited storage capacity or if you simply want to store certain user files in another place. One of the supported remote services is FTP/S. If you have an FTP or FTPS server with lots of free storage space and you want to use that as a network storage for your MFT Server, you might want to read this tutorial.

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

What is FIPS Compliance & Should I Enable it for File Transfers?

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JSCAPE MFT Server encrypted file transfer protocols like SFTP and those secured through TLS (e.g. HTTPS, FTPS, AS2, OFTP, and WebDAVS) can be configured for FIPS compliance. Since this is a function that isn't switched on by default, you might wonder if it's necessary to enable it at all. 

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Topics: JSCAPE MFT, Managed File Transfer, Secure File Transfer, SFTP, FTPS

Choosing Between SSL Implicit, Explicit, and Forced Explicit Modes

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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.

This post was originally published on May 6, 2012 but was updated and republished on November 4, 2018.

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Topics: JSCAPE MFT, Secure File Transfer, FTPS, FTP

An Introduction To Cipher Suites | SSL/TSL Cipher Suites Explained

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The security of any SSL/TLS-protected connection largely depends on the client and server's choice of cipher suites. But what are cipher suites? If you use file transfer protocols like HTTPS, FTPS, and AS2 but don't know what cipher suites are, you will want to read this post and learn how to use a cipher.

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Topics: Secure File Transfer, FTPS

Should We Start Using 4096 bit RSA keys?

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Theoretically, RSA keys that are 2048 bits long should be good until 2030. If so, isn't it a bit early to start using the 4096-bit keys that have become increasingly available in encryption-enabled applications? It depends.

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Topics: JSCAPE MFT, Secure File Transfer, SFTP, FTPS

Setting Up a Secure FTPS Server Video | JSCAPE

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This video tutorial demonstrates how to set up a secure FTPS Server using JSCAPE MFT Server

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Topics: JSCAPE MFT, Managed File Transfer, Videos, Tutorials, Secure File Transfer, FTPS

Top 5 FTP Alternatives for Businesses | JSCAPE

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Overview

In our last post, we talked about the importance of applying the CIA Triad to enterprise file transfers. Interestingly, one of the most widely used file transfer protocols, FTP, fails to meet the security goals of that triad. If you're using FTP in your business operations, it's high time to find an alternative. This post introduces you to some FTP alternatives for business.  

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Topics: JSCAPE MFT, Managed File Transfer, Secure File Transfer, SFTP, FTPS, FTP

Applying The CIA Triad To Your Enterprise File Transfer

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Overview

As one of the basic building blocks of information security, the CIA Triad is likewise a vital piece in establishing secure enterprise file transfers. In this post, we explain what the CIA Triad is and how you can apply it to your B2B data transfers.

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Topics: Secure File Transfer, SFTP, FTPS

Why SHA2 Certificates Are Imperative in Secure File Transfers

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Overview

Over the last few months, we've been receiving a growing number of inquiries on how to enable support for SHA2 certificates in JSCAPE MFT Server. We later learned that the intention was not just to accommodate SHA2-signed certs but to actually replace SHA1-signed certs with them. In this post, we explain why people are moving from SHA1 to SHA2 and why you need to do so as well. 

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Topics: Secure File Transfer, FTPS