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Need some guidance on setting up a secure FTP location

T_R_Oglodyte

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Web site development is not my strong suit. I can set things up once I know what I need to do, but often times I need help figuring out where to start. I'm in one of those situations now.

Here's my situation. I want to create a ftp directory on my website that is accessible to a client that we can use to transfer files.
  • My client needs to be able to both upload and download in the directory.
  • The directory needs to be password protected.
  • The directory needs to be inaccessible to spiders and searchbots.
  • The login and password need to be separate from my login and password that I use for overall web site management. (It's a hosted domain.)

I'm sure there's a simple solution for this but I don't know what it is or where to start. I did try Googling, but didn't hit anything that gave me that much help. Most of what I found was focused on serving up pages from a secure site. That's not what I need. I just want to set up an ftp area that requires a password to access and that is hidden to bots.
 

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you probably aren't going to get this with a simple web hosting account. You may need a virtual host.

With your own virtual host including it's own static IP address, you can configure ftp the way you want to, with a password/account for the client, but ftp is not very secure. I would use ssh/scp if you can. If you go the virtual host route, see if the provider supports ssh. If they do, you can do it with ssh.

Same idea though, you would disable ssh password logins for security purposes, and create a public/private key for the client to use, and send them their keys. That way only clients with their key can access the machine. Each user has their own set of keys and directories that they can access.

On linux, openssh is a pretty standard package. On windows, I'm using cygwin/ssh, but there's a standalone package available also that doesn't require the cygwin libraries. I don't remember the name of the standalone package. I would probably not use windows on the server side for this, but it might work.

-David
 
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Update on this. GoDaddy is my host and it was a simple add-on to my account.
 

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nice.

-David
It's part of a service they have that is designed to allow people who travel to synch files on-line. So I just set up the folder and share the password on a need to know basis.
 
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