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 Download Web Files Directly to Your Server

When you manually install software, web apps, or just general files, you probably use something like FTP or SFTP to upload your files. In most instances that is sufficient, but sometimes it is quicker and easier to download the files directly from their source to your server, bypassing your local computer completely. To do this, […]

How to Use SFTP to Transfer Files

One of the oldest methods for transferring files from your computer to your server is called FTP (file transfer protocol). Unfortunately, this method is not secure, and if you need to transfer sensitive data and also protect your username and password, you should use a method that provides better security. SFTP is one option.
Most modern […]

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 […]

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 […]

Using FTP from the Linux Command Line

Normally, FTP involves communication between your home or business computer and your server. Therefore, you probably use a graphical FTP program to handle all file transfers. In some instances, however, you will need to transfer files from your server to another server. For that, you will need to login to the second […]

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 […]