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FTP - Is there something better

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    FTP - Is there something better

    I have an application written that is used in 40 chiropractic offices.
    I perform a weekly program update/upgrade whereby the office checks my ftp server (FileZilla) for a new version of the program.
    If it exists, the client downloads the new version, backs up current copy and then installs.
    I am currently using the built in ftp_get_file command.

    I am concerned about security obviously. Is there a better way?

    I am using Alpha v10 desktop.



    FTP is completely done in plain text, including the sending of credentials, so it is not considered to be secure. If you are concerned about security, using HTTPS to login and transfer files is strongly preferred. However, the TLS/SSL support in Alpha Five Version 10 is extremely old and out of date at this point, so it too is no longer considered secure.

    For the highest level of security, you would need to upgrade to Alpha Anywhere so that you can use TLS 1.3 and all of the latest security ciphers. You would then want to stay current with patches and upgrades to maintain security.

    Lenny Forziati
    Vice President, Internet Products and Technical Services
    Alpha Software Corporation


      Hi Bob,
      When it comes to security and Alpha products, Lenny knows his stuff.
      With that said, there are usually different ways to skin a cat.

      You have the option of using ssh,
      With this option, you can close ftp ports on your wan, as you would be sending the ftp traffic through a ssh tunnel.

      I'm guessing I introduced a new term or 2, but that's what google and chatGPT are for.
      Gregg is a great site to test and share sql code


        Working with Alpha V12, but still found the build in secure SFTP options and FTPS very lacking. I used WinSCP, which has Windows' GUI and Commandline versions. The command line version was quite easy to automate from Alpha5. WinSCP supports secure FTP connections and works with any FTP server. This arrangement should work with Alpha5 Ver 10. I've included enough code to get someone started, but it will take some work to use. Considering I never get feedback on the information posted, I can't justify the time to refine it to a drop-in component. If someone has questions please ask.
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