This TechNote introduces some of the concepts associated with secure FTP authentication and secure connections. Secure authentication usually involves using an encryption method, such as the Secure Shell protocol (SSH). Although there are currently many kinds of protocols and encryption methods in use, this TechNote focuses on two of the most frequently-requested protocols.
Important: This TechNote will not be beneficial for Dreamweaver MX 2004 customers, as Dreamweaver MX 2004 now includes Secure FTP (SFTP) capabilities, supporting the OpenSSH 3.5p1 protocol to transfer usernames and passwords securely across the network. In addition, SFTP in Dreamweaver MX 2004 encrypts file content during transfers. Unlike Dreamweaver MX's implementation of FTP over SSH, Dreamweaver MX 2004's implementation of SFTP requires no special configuration beyond checking the SFTP option in the site definition dialog box.