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FTP servers vs .....??

Hi Experts,

We work with a MYSQL database and Visual FOX pro executables combined with VB6 executable.

We usally transmit small files (less than 100 kb) to all our offices each time an operation is registered in one office.
This is because we need to block some services if they were already given in one of our locations in the same day.

We use ftp servers automatically controlled by our software.
The system just works fine.

NOW.

Is there any other alternative way to transmit files??
Somehow different but basically far better than using an FTP??

What would this be?
What does a BANK use?

Is it true there is some sort of special automatic mailing used by bank with their software??

It is really important for us to learn about this.

Best regards,
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RGuillermo
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Kim RyanIT ConsultantCommented:
You say 'better than FTP'. Are there any specific limitations of FTP that you are now having problems with?

SCP is functinally similar to FTP but allows for file transfers with strong authentication and secure encrypted communications.

Not usre what banks use, but a software service can usually be automated  with scheduling
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jrs_50Commented:
Your question is not very clear. If you are referring to banking transactions they use a secure network (ACH?), appropriately formatted transaction messages, the appropriate drivers/handlers for processing those transactions, and the appropriate software for applying those transactions in the manner indicated by the transmisson.
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HonorGodCommented:
As indicated by teraplane, SCP (Secure Copy) would be a much better choice.

The FTP protocol has the userid and password sent, in the clear (i.e., unprotected) in order to establish a connection to the server.  So, if someone has a way to "watch" your connection requests, then they will have your userid and password.

Banks will certainly use encryption.  In addition, many (most?) banks use System Network Architecture (SNA) as the communications protocol between their machines, not TCP/IP.
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RGuillermoProject ManagerAuthor Commented:
CAn you send me some links so I can read about SCP, ACH and SNA??

Regards,
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RGuillermoProject ManagerAuthor Commented:
Thanks to youi all.
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