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    Lightbulb FTP Encryption

    Hello everyone,

    I've got a quick question.....
    I support a small business in the health care industry, and they are getting ready to do business other another healthcare agency which requires small file transfers via FTP.
    One of the requirement is that we provide a copy of our "public key for the FTP account".

    This is the information as stated on the application document:

    ***Please remember to include your Public Key for the FTP account request. You will need to email the Key along with your completed questionnaire form.
    Your account cannot be processed without it***

    My understanding of this is that we will have to purchase an encryption key -presumably a public and a private matching keys.
    I've been looking online and I haven't been able to find encryption key/certificates specifically for FTP. I see ssl certs for websites. Is that the same thing?
    If so, any recommendations ?

    I've looked at the following so far :

    https://www.symantec.com/ssl-certificates
    https://www.thawte.com/ssl/index.html




    Thanks

    TB

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    No purchases necessary.

    I imagine Windows server operating systems are used at both ends. If so,
    see this:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FTPS
    and this:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_key_certificate

    else use SSH (sftp) for file transfers, which is more secure.
    No one has any right to force data on you
    and command you to believe it or else.
    If it is not true for you, it isn't true.

    LRH

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    If the other agency allows you to use a self signed cert...most clients can generate them
    http://ask-leo.com/how_do_i_create_a..._with_ssh.html

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    Elite Member TonyT's Avatar
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    Also, if you cannot use a self-signed cert, then you'll probably have to purchase a Class 2 cert from someone like Verisign for about $400.00/year.
    No one has any right to force data on you
    and command you to believe it or else.
    If it is not true for you, it isn't true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YeOldeStonecat View Post
    If the other agency allows you to use a self signed cert...most clients can generate them
    http://ask-leo.com/how_do_i_create_a..._with_ssh.html

    Is this "MyAbility"?



    Thanks for the suggestions guys ! I will see if the self signed cert is good enough. If not i'll will go with a cert authority as suggested.


    Thanks again !

    TB

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