FTP servers vs .....??

Posted on 2006-05-03
Last Modified: 2010-04-17
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.


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,
Question by:rguillermo
    LVL 19

    Expert Comment

    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
    LVL 4

    Expert Comment

    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.
    LVL 41

    Accepted Solution

    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.

    Author Comment

    CAn you send me some links so I can read about SCP, ACH and SNA??

    LVL 41

    Expert Comment


    Author Comment

    Thanks to youi all.

    Write Comment

    Please enter a first name

    Please enter a last name

    We will never share this with anyone.

    Featured Post

    6 Surprising Benefits of Threat Intelligence

    All sorts of threat intelligence is available on the web. Intelligence you can learn from, and use to anticipate and prepare for future attacks.

    Suggested Solutions

    Go is an acronym of golang, is a programming language developed Google in 2007. Go is a new language that is mostly in the C family, with significant input from Pascal/Modula/Oberon family. Hence Go arisen as low-level language with fast compilation…
    Since upgrading to Office 2013 or higher installing the Smart Indenter addin will fail. This article will explain how to install it so it will work regardless of the Office version installed.
    An introduction to basic programming syntax in Java by creating a simple program. Viewers can follow the tutorial as they create their first class in Java. Definitions and explanations about each element are given to help prepare viewers for future …
    Viewers will learn how to properly install Eclipse with the necessary JDK, and will take a look at an introductory Java program. Download Eclipse installation zip file: Extract files from zip file: Download and install JDK 8: Open Eclipse and …

    779 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    10 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now