It seems there are at least two distinctly different FTP Server markets. The product
designed for opening up a website to 1000 downloads is often going to be different than
the one you set up for transferring between your home and work and travel computers
and a few friends. Or for a limited workplace function with a couple of friendly well-defined
external file transfer needs.
Anyway, although I am new to this, I have downloaded zFTP and Cerberus, two
freeware-for-personal-use products. zFTP is discussed above. Both have webforums
and seem to be excellent software.
Cerberus is extremely easy and pleasant setup, and has some of the basic
needs above well impmlemented. (Users, logs, security). Good webforum and FAQ.http://www.cerberusftp.com/
Good reviews at Snapfiles and Sofotex (I don't know this one well for reviews, but it
was surprisingly thorough on Cerberus and FTP). While it says it has "explicit TLSv1/SSLv3
encryption" there is no SFTP, which may be a mark against. And does not seem to be planned.
Anybody want to explain what is really necessary for external FTP ? (As opposed to within
your own LAN .. let's consider wireless a special situation, not asking about that). What is necessary
so that a packet sniffer will not pick up a user/password combo, the real concern. Is the
"explicit TLSv1/SSLv3 encryption" sufficient. It sounds like it might be an internally-implemented
Cerberus method to avoid more complicated protocols like SFTP. As such, it could be fine for the type
of usages I would anticipate.
Actually for your own limited use you could limit the calling IP#'s to those you know,
so even the password/user would not break in, so even regular FTP might be "secure",
sort of. That is, if the data itself that is sent is not particularly sensitive.