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How to distribute private keys

A common method of authenticating users in SFTP servers such as CompleteFTP is public key authentication.

In public key authentication,  what is called a key pair is used, consisting of two related cryptographic keys: the public key and the private key. The special property of any key pair is that data encrypted with one can only […]

By |May 26th, 2017|Blogs, CompleteFTP|Comments Off on How to distribute private keys

NHS ransomware attack

We wrote about ransomware attacks almost a year ago, warning they would become more prevalent.

Now, the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) has suffered massive disruptions as a result of a ransomware attack. Apparently numerous countries have been hit by the malware, known as WannaCrypt, which was first spotted on 12 May.

Ransomware is usually […]

By |May 16th, 2017|News|Comments Off on NHS ransomware attack

Setting up a CompleteFTP Cluster

This article summarises the process of setting up a cluster of FTP servers on Amazon’s AWS EC2.

​Primary and secondaries
A CompleteFTP cluster is arranged such that there’s one primary server and one or more secondaries.  All configuration changes must be made via an instance of CompleteFTP Manager that’s connected to the primary.  The primary will […]

By |February 15th, 2017|CompleteFTP|Comments Off on Setting up a CompleteFTP Cluster

SSL Certificate Installation Instructions for CompleteFTP

SSL Certificate Installation for CompleteFTP

Use these instructions to install your SSL Certificate for CompleteFTP.
Before installing your SSL Certificate, you first need to create a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) (see Certificate Signing Request (CSR) Generated Using CompleteFTP).

How To Install an SSL Certificate for CompleteFTP

Open the CompleteFTP Manager, then open Server certificate.
Click Settings > FTP/FTPS > […]

By |November 1st, 2016|CompleteFTP, Tutorials|Comments Off on SSL Certificate Installation Instructions for CompleteFTP

Certificate Signing Request (CSR) Generation Using CompleteFTP

Use these instructions to generate a CSR using CompleteFTP Manager.

How To Generate a CSR using CompleteFTP

Open the CompleteFTP Manager, then open Server certificate.
Click Settings > FTP/FTPS > Advanced FTP/FTPS Settings > Security Settings > Server certificate.

In the CompleteFTP Server Certificate window, select Generate a certificate signing request (CSR).

Choose OK when the […]

By |November 1st, 2016|CompleteFTP, Tutorials|Comments Off on Certificate Signing Request (CSR) Generation Using CompleteFTP

How to set up a free FTPS server on Windows

Filezilla server?
Until recently, the easiest way to get a free FTPS server up and running on Windows was to download and install Filezilla server. Simple, free and robust, Filezilla server was a perfectly adequate solution.

But there were some nagging issues. Filezilla server has never managed to make it out of beta status, and that’s […]

By |October 18th, 2016|Blogs, Tutorials|Comments Off on How to set up a free FTPS server on Windows

IoT security

We’ve previously discussed the poor security of many devices on the Internet of Things (IoT) – the network of “smart” devices connected by the Internet. Unfortunately in their race to implement features, vendors seem to rate IoT security very low on their list of priorities. Often, IoT devices are protected by factory default or hard-coded usernames and passwords. […]

By |October 8th, 2016|Blogs, News|Comments Off on IoT security

Planning for server reliability

Server reliability is of primary importance in our networked world. Billions of dollars in e-commerce is utterly dependent on reliable servers and reliable networks connecting those servers to users.

The Australian stock exchange (ASX) recently had a bad day when their trading system failed. Market opening was delayed by 90 minutes, and after experiencing problems during trading, they were […]

By |October 1st, 2016|Blogs, Discussion|Comments Off on Planning for server reliability

Massive Yahoo hack confirmed

Yahoo has confirmed it has suffered the largest data breach in history, potentially affecting 500 million user accounts.  This Yahoo hack beats the huge Myspace hack of a few months ago.

If you have a Yahoo account, have you been affected? The best course of action (given the huge number of user accounts affected) is […]

By |September 24th, 2016|Announcements, Blogs, News|Comments Off on Massive Yahoo hack confirmed

How to secure your server

We published a blog series two years ago on how to secure an SFTP server. Given it is such a pertinent topic, we’re highlighting the posts again here. These points are relevant to all servers, not just SFTP servers, and should be read by server administrators. Although it refers to our server, CompleteFTP, the suggestions are applicable to and useful […]

By |September 23rd, 2016|Blogs, CompleteFTP, Tutorials|Comments Off on How to secure your server