To anyone wishing to transfer files from a local server to an online database, your SFTP client becomes something like your best friend. This is because what you look for in a best friend is quite similar to what you look for in a SFTP client. Security!

SFTP stands for Secure File Transfer Protocol, and is similar to FTP (FIle Transfer Protocol). Its main use is similar to that of FTP, being a network protocol used for file transfer, management, and access over a reliable data stream. The difference comes in with SFTP being made as an extension of the Secure Shell protocol to offer secure version of FTP. In addition to its main purpose it can also be used in various applications, such as secure file transfer over Transport Layer Security (TLS) or a transfer of management information in VPN applications.

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