filetransferWhat is Secured FTP?

Secured FTP, is the process of transfer of files from one system to the other, through a secured protocol. It is different from simple FTP, File Transfer Protocol because here both the data and commands are exchanged in a secured and encrypted connectivity, generally provided with the SSH (Secured Shell) Protocol.

Are SFTP Clients different from normal FTP Clients?

Since the data is being exchange through a completely different protocol, you need compatible systems at both ends. You cannot use a normal FTP at at the client side with a SFTP server and vice versa. It is a different story that many FTP clients allow to use themselves in both modes, both Secured FTP Mode as well Normal FTP Mode.

Which are Best Free Secured FTP (SFTP) Clients Available Today?

There are lots of available Secured FTP (SFTP) Clients. But many of them require to to pay some fees to pay. Some others are only Free to Trial. Some other Secured FTP Clients, which were Free to use, have discontinued their development. Here we present you four of the best Freeware Secured FTP Clients, which are still running and continuing their development.

FireFTP: FireFTP is a free, open source, cross-platform FTP client for Mozilla Firefox in the form of an add-on. It supports FTP, FTPS, and SFTP. FireFTP is charityware and runs on platforms that Firefox supports. [Related: FireFTP | Firefox addon for safe FTP].

FireFTP supports caching directory listings, and it can also do a comparison between a local directory tree and the remote one. It can connect via proxy servers and it is able to automatically reconnect after disconnection.

Core FTP: Core FTP is a secure FTP client for Windows, developed by CoreFTP.com. Core FTP is a traditional FTP client with local files displayed on the left, remote files on the right. Features include FTP, SSL/TLS, SFTP via SSH, and HTTP/HTTPS support.

FileZilla:  FileZilla is a free, open source, cross-platform FTP client. Binaries are available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. It supports FTP, SFTP, and FTPS (FTP over SSL/TLS). Hugely Popular FileZilla is the 5th most popular download of all time from SourceForge.net.

Some of the cool features of FileZilla include Site Manager; which allows a user to create a list of FTP sites along with their connection data, Message log; which displays the console-type output showing the commands sent by FileZilla and the remote server’s responses, File and folder view; allowing display of message log and Transfer queues.

WinSCP: WinSCP, an acronym for Windows Secure Copy is an open source SFTP and FTP client for Microsoft Windows. Beyond its main functgon of File Transfer, WinSCP offers basic file manager and file synchronization functionality. The best part with WinSCP is that it can also act transparently as a remote editor. When the user clicks on a (text) file in the remote file manager, it transfers the file to the local machine and opens it in the integrated editor