How to: SFTP authentication via one-time passwords (OTP)

Syncplify.me Server! version: 5.0.0+

Occasionally our customers ask if it’s possible to implement some form of one-time password (OTP) authentication for their SFTP users. Considering the complexity of the SSH authentication scheme, such task is definitely not trivial. To ease the process, Syncplify.me Server! V5 adds two new event-handlers and several functions to the scripting framework. This article explains how to use them to accomplish OTP authentication over SFTP. Continue reading

What’s new in the upcoming Syncplify.me Server! v5

Syncplify.me Server! version: 5.0.0+

While the step from v3 to v4 was somewhat “epic” (as 80%+ of the code was rewritten from scratch) the upcoming Syncplify.me Server! v5 will build upon the rock-solid foundation of v4 and expand and improve its features significantly. Version 5 will also be our most cloud-enabled version to date.

Here’s a list of some of the most important upcoming new features our users will find in Syncplify.me Server! v5: Continue reading

White paper: a solution for healthcare

This totally free White Paper discusses the needs of healthcare providers and institutions, debunks some myths, and explains how to achieve the required levels of security and compliance.

Feel free to download it and use it under the CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license.

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Syncplify.me Server! v4.0.31 released

We have just released version 4.0.31 of our Syncplify.me Server! software. This version features the following improvements:

  • Fixed: bug in response to the SFTP-List command when the client requested a wildcard-path

Note: if after the update you notice any unexpected behavior in the web interface, just hit Ctrl-F5 in your browser; that will force the browser to reload the page as well as all back-end scripts and update the ones that may have been cached from previous versions of the software.

As usual you can download this new release from our website.

Monitor a directory, and upload/archive files as they arrive

Syncplify.me FTP Script! version: 3.1.6+

Monitoring a directory for certain files, and as soon as they become available (someone puts them in that directory) upload them somewhere else and then move the original files to a different location (archive) on the local disk. This is one of the most common questions from our FTP Script! users.

For such reason we have prepared the sample script below. It will probably fit the most common cases, and it’s a decent learning tool as well as starting point to create your own (more complex) scripts to accomplish your very own particular task.  Continue reading

Syncplify.me Server! now available on AWS Marketplace

Syncplify.me Server! version 4.0 is now available on AWS Marketplace offering top security with hassle-free deployment, a 15-day free trial, and no up-front license fees.

WILMINGTON, DE – Syncplify, Inc., a young and dynamic US-based software development company, has released Syncplify.me Server!, a highly secure SFTP server available on Amazon Web Services Marketplace (AWS Marketplace). The new service is marketed under the name SFTP.cloud.

Syncplify.me Server! on AWS delivers the same level of security as its on-premises brother product, but without the need to go through a complex, lengthy installation procedure, and with no up-front traditional licensing fees. In fact, after the 15-day trial period, Syncplify.me Server! on AWS is charged on an hourly basis only for the actual usage.

“From a technical standpoint, making our software available on AWS Marketplace was a great choice to deploy a very secure file transfer server onto a highly reliable, globally available infrastructure,” said Fjodr Soyevskji, Chief Technology Officer at Syncplify, Inc.

“We believe that this relationship with AWS will greatly benefit our customers, especially those who need to deploy highly dynamic, secure, file transfer infrastructures that change frequently over time,” said Helga Kessler, Chief Operation Officer.

Customers can deploy the Syncplify.me Server! edition they need (Basic, Professional or Ultimate) on AWS, and they can choose between Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2 EC2 instances.

 

The Journey from FTP to SFTP

You can also download this white-paper for offline use by scrolling to the bottom of this article.

File transfer is an important aspect in computing. There is always a need for us to transfer files between a source and a destination. While in the earlier days, certain protocols were used to manage file transfers between the client and server, security was not much of a concern then. But, with the advancements in computing and rise of different kind of intrusions, security gradually became a pressing need. Yes, you guessed right. I am talking about FTP and SFTP. Let’s take a look at the journey from FTP to SFTP.

The standard network protocol File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is used to transfer files between a client system and a server. According to Wikipedia, the FTP ran on NCP specification until 1980. After that the protocol was replaced by a TCP/IP version named RFC 765 and consequently by RFC 959 in October 1985. RFC 959 is the current specification which FTP follows.

According to the latest specification, FTP should fulfill 4 major objectives namely: Continue reading

A great SFTP client for Mac? Here it is!

Quite often our Syncplify.me Server! customers and users contact us asking for recommendations regarding the choice of an SFTP client for MacOSX.

Of course there are several options out there. And then there’s Commander One by Eltima Software, the two-pane file manager for MacOSX that will make you forget anything else you’ve tried before on the Apple platform.

Not only it supports FTP, FTPS and SFTP, but also provides some highly desirable features like dual-pane tabbed browsing, support for compressed archives, regular-expression file searches, and even server-to-server file copies.

Our developers here at Syncplify have downloaded it and tested it thoroughly, and Commander One turned out to be an excellent software product, well designed, feature rich, and easy to use. For such reasons we feel comfortable recommending it to our users and customers as a great Mac client to connect to our Syncplify.me Server!

Syncplify has joined Microsoft BizSpark program!

Happy 2016 everyone! And there is no better way for Syncplify to start the new year than an official announcement that our company has been accepted in Microsoft’s BizSpark startup program.

As we approach the release of Syncplify.me Server! version 4.0, with support for traditional, BYOL (bring your own license) and full SaaS (Software as a Service) licensing models, joining BizSpark will give Syncplify more “steam” to deliver top-quality solutions faster and more effectively.

Syncplify.me Server! v4.0 will be able to run in Microsoft’s Azure cloud infrastructure, delivering some unique features such as a logical and physical separation of secure file transfer services and their storage; even in the extremely unlikely case that your SFTP server is compromised, your data is still safe.

The BizSpark program is for us a great help to deliver the above (and much more) in a very effective way, and this will ultimately benefit our entire user base. For all customers that don’t use the Azure cloud or want to run their own SFTP server in-house, Syncplify guarantees that traditional licensing models are – and always will be – still available.