|Scp and sftp are both part of OpenSSH, the secure shell server we run. Now that all of our users can have shell access, everyone can take advantage of these secure methods of transferring files.
Do note that you cannot use sftp with an FTP only user - despite the name, sftp has fairly little in common with FTP. In other words, you must enable shell access for a user before you can use sftp (or scp) with that account. Sftp is different from SSL-FTP (which we may begin offering in the future).
Another approach would be to purchase our VPN service (available from the web panel), which will create an encrypted tunnel for *all* your connections to us (mail, ftp, etc.).
Here is some software to help you make secure file transfers to our machines. We don't officially provide support for any of this software, although many of us use it.
(For Windows; recommended by Sage)
For those who prefer a command line interface (there are also some GUI front ends that use this as a back end), I highly recommend Cygwin. Cygwin isn't just an SSH / scp / sftp client - it's an entire UNIX environment for Windows. It comes with its own terminal program, and pretty much all of the GNU development utilities you could ever want. The installer is pretty slick as well.
CuteFTP Pro has sftp support. I don't think the free version does, though.
For all the Mac users who are feeling left out (except OSX users who already have access to all of the stuff included in Cygwin, and much more), you already have OpenSSH. If you're running OS9, or if you don't like the command line interface, check out this link. There's an SFTP client, which is available for both OS9 and OSX here.
For some other suggestions, check out a site mentioned in our SSH article: http://freessh.org/.
Please let us know if you have positive (or negative) experiences with any of these programs, or if you discover a free and easy to use graphical client that you're happy with.
Last updated: Mar 30, 2005.