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Size:
5.46MB
Release Date:
2015-03-25 | Changelog
Submit Date:
2015-03-25
OS:
Win 9x/ME/NT/2K/XP/2K3/Vista/7/8
Downloads:
19676
Popularity:
Popularity:0/10
 
 
User Rating
4.21

(14 Votes )


FreewareFiles Editor's Review

 Editorīs Rating

 Reviewed on January 23, 2014

WinSCP is a free SFTP client that you can use to transfer files securely. The small Windows program allows users to copy files safely between local and remote computers using Secure Shell technology. It is compatible with different protocols, including Secure Copy Protocol (SCP), File Transfer Protocol (FTP) and Secure Shell File Transfer Protocol (SSH FTP). You can also use it to perform basic file management functions.

Installing WinSCP

During the installation of WinSCP, we had to choose between two user interfaces: commander and explorer. We opted for the commander interface, which provided two panels for local and remote directories respectively.

Using WinSCP

Before we could start using the Windows FTP client, we had to choose the file protocol we wanted to use and enter host name, port number, username and password. The tools tab, on the lower left corner, allowed us to do a number of things, including running pageant, setting preferences, backing up and restoring configuration.

The program allowed us to make several configurations under preferences, including changing the user interface selected during installation.

Transferring files was as easy as selecting them and pressing F5. We could also use the mouse to drag and drop files. We were able to perform a number of operations both locally and remotely so long as our server supported them. These included editing files, renaming them and changing their permissions.

One of the things that make WinSCP stand apart is the enhanced security it provides. Security was not considered a major issue when the process of transferring files over networks was started. However, as more computers and people joined the network, risks increased significantly.

Although it is easy to use FTP clients, there are high chances of using an insecure connection. The risks are pronounced when users transfer such sensitive data as confidential company information, projects and bank account details. Even a tiny security gap can leave all people in a network vulnerable.

Inclusion of the Console Window also came in handy, as we used it to execute remote commands that required no user input. This feature is dependent on server compatibility. In addition, we could connect to more than one network at the same time and manage all open connections easily.

Conclusion

If you want a free SFTP client that provides secure connections for file transfers, then WinSCP is your answer.

Software Product Description

Freeware SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol) and SCP (Secure CoPy) client for Windows using SSH (Secure SHell). Its main function is safe copying of files between a local and a remote computer. Beyond this basic function, WinSCP manages some other actions with files.

Whatīs New in version 5.7.1:

  • Translations added: Croatian, Finnish, Korean and Polish.
  • Upgraded private key tools (PuTTYgen and Pageant) to 0.64.
  • TLS/SSL core upgraded to OpenSSL 1.0.1m.
  • Not requiring confirmation when canceling an operation.
  • Import of Base64-encoded passwords from FileZilla.
  • Progress window uses Skip button instead of Cancel when calculating transfer size.
  • Workaround for ProFTPD/mod_sftp bug in SSH_FXP_REALPATH handling with SFTP version 6.
  • Not asking for master password repeatedly when opening Generate URL dialog. Not asking at all unless user chooses to include password into URL.
  • More space for information about translators.
  • Bug fix: Back-propagated SSH security fixes from PuTTY 0.64.
  • Bug fix: Failure when working with stored sites when a temporary hidden site for interprocess communication is not properly removed.
  • Bug fix: Overwrite confirmation prompt displays name of source file instead of target file, when file name changes, with SFTP, SCP and WebDAV protocols.
  • Bug fix: Transfer was not resumed after moving the transfer to the background when source and target file name differs with FTP protocol.
  • Bug fix: Failure when trying to open another externally initiated session while externally initiated session is opening.
  • Bug fix: It is not possible to configure certificate accepting with WebDAV protocol in .NET assembly.
  • Bug fix: User and group name is not decoded properly from UTF-8 encoding with SFTP version 3 and older.
  • Bug fix: When calculating size of files to transfer is canceled, not using the incomplete results to estimate transfer progress.
  • Bug fix: When local custom command is applied to a remote folder, it is unconditionally uploaded back after the command finishes.
  • Bug fix: Calculation of transfer size could not be moved to background.
 
FreewareFiles Clean Award FreewareFiles tested WinSCP 5.7.1 on 2015-03-25 using leading antivirus scanners and found it 100% Clean.

User Reviews
"Simple"


Reviewer: -Bohusbo    Review Date: 2010-08-06
 
Average Rating (14 Votes )
4.21
Pros:  None

Cons:  None

Other Thoughts:  Easy and simple, just like I want it. Thanks.
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