SSH Server Key: best practices

Upon installation, Syncplify.me Server! auto-generates a 1024 bit SSH Server Key, and that is enough for most users and most scenarios.

But some of our users may have higher needs in terms of bit-length (2048 or even 4096) or may need to use a specific SSH Server Key provided by a third party. This article covers such scenarios.

If you only need a higher bit-length, the easiest way is to generate a new SSH Server Key from within the Configuration Manager. In order to do so, simply click the “gear” button next to the SSH Server Key field, as shown in the picture below: Continue reading

SSH Server Key ≠ FTPS (SSL/TLS) Server Certificate

From time to time our users ask how to use their X.509 (SSL/TLS) certificate for SFTP.

The one-line answer is: it’s not possible. But let’s dig into the topic and explain why, and above all how to implement server certificate and keys correctly.

First of all it is important to identify which protocol we intend to use, and what are its peculiarities: Continue reading

How secure is the SFTP protocol?

Many of our users know the FTP protocol very well, and they are aware that FTPS is the same protocol protected by a SSL/TLS connection. But when it comes to SFTP, we’re challenged pretty frequently with the question “how secure is SFTP?“.

The easy one-line answer would be: SFTP is very secure. But that is obviously not a real answer, therefore if you want to know more (and why/how it is secure), please, read on.

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How-to: map Syncplify.me Server! as a drive (Swish version)

We have recently published an article in this Knowledge Base to explain how to mount a Syncplify.me Server! SFTP account as a virtual drive using SFTP Net Drive.

It is also possible to do the same using another very nice software called Swish. Different philosophy, but similar results. Here is how to do it.

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How-to: map Syncplify.me Server! as a drive (SFTP)

There are several software programs on the market that can mount a SFTP (or also a FTP) server connection as a drive. Syncplify.me Server! strictly adheres to the standards, therefore it grants a very high degree of compatibility.

One option is to use SFTP Net Drive (by Eldos). Here’s a brief tutorial on how to map a SFTP connection as a drive using it together with Syncplify.me Server!

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SFTP server on Windows: a step-by-step setup guide

Note: this article refers to an old version of the software, please consult this newer and updated article, which also features a video walk-through.

This step-by-step introductory guide is meant to help our users deploy and configure their SFTP server on Windows for the first time, and make sure that everything works well.

First of all, make sure that no other SFTP server is already running; and since Syncplify.me Server! also provides support for the FTP(S) protocol, please, also make sure no other FTP server is running on the same computer or virtual machine (this is particularly important if you’re installing Syncplify.me Server! onto a Windows Server operating system). A more comprehensive pre-flight check list is available here.

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How to: use Syncplify.me Server! to keep your Android devices in sync

Some of our users are asking how to use Syncplify.me Server! as a shared repository to keep files/folders on their Android devices always in sync.

There are various Android FTP(S)/SFTP clients that work smoothly with Syncplify.me Server! but, in this case, we need more: we need one that doesn’t just transfer files between Android and FTP(S)/SFTP, but can also keep them in sync.

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