Obsolete Networking Apps You Should Never Use

Server management is a constantly evolving science. What was once perfectly acceptable technology for a dedicated server may now be considered obsolete. Such is the case with four technologies you should probably avoid on a server you intend to use for hosting websites.
FTP – This is one technology that is still widely used but […]

How to Securely Download a File from Your Server

Downloading a file from your server should not be tricky. If it is a web-facing file, you can usually download it with your web browser. If it is not, you could use FTP. The problem with both of these options, FTP and HTTP, is that neither is truly secure. If you need to download a […]

A Basic Guide to SSH Server Connections: Part 2

Connecting to an SSH server is usually pretty straightforward, and your login credentials are encrypted for security. This makes SSH useful for other types of connections beyond basic shell access. Backup/syncing tools like rsync can use it, and file transfer programs like SCP for SFTP can use SSH technology for secure file transfers.
In part one, […]

How to Setup ownCloud: Open Source Cloud File Storage

The cloud has become quite popular in the IT world. One could say that the cloud is taking the tech world by “storm”. There are many reasons for this, some financial, others practical, but ultimately it is an option that is worth considering.
The most popular form of cloud computing is the public cloud. In this […]

Secure File Transfer Methods for Servers

Your dedicated server inevitably contains sensitive data, whether it is simply passwords or  customer credit card information.  Whether the data is highly classified or just something you do not want other people to see, it is important to keep it secure and also transfer it securely.
FTP is the tried and tested method for general file […]


When you transfer files from your computer to your server or from one computer to another, you probably use an FTP program.  Some of those programs, like FileZilla, offer support for additional protocols like SFTP.  There is an important difference between FTP and SFTP, and you should know what both are before you start transferring […]

5 Free FTP Clients

FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is a very important tool when it comes to managing websites, and there are plenty of circumstances when you will need to upload files to your server using FTP or SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol). In no particular order, here are 5 free FTP clients:
1. FileZilla – A free […]

Incremental Backup with Rsync

Few things are more important to a dedicated server than incremental backups. When your server is your livelihood and your reputation depends on it being reliable, you need to be prepared for possible disasters. Backups ensure that you always have a plan B, should something go wrong with your server.
To perform backups, you […]

Restrict SSH User Access to System Files

For most shared hosting accounts, you will not give your users SSH access, but there are situations where you might. In those unique situations, you need to make sure that the SSH user cannot frolic freely throughout the filesystem, viewing files that should be restricted to the server administrator.
Unfortunately, there is no easy way […]

Secure File Transfer with SCP

Under normal circumstances, you would send files to a from your dedicated server using a graphical ftp or sftp program. In some situations, however, you need to use the command line. One particular situation that calls for command-line file transfer is when you are sending data to a another server, such as a […]