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Posted on 2006-07-14
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I have a secure FTP site using 256-bit encrypted SSL in order to meet/exceed HIPAA standards.

I need a VERY easy solution for the doctors to be able to securely upload data files to this FTP site.  Is there ANYTHING available that we could use BESIDES a standalone FTP client application to allow them to "drag and drop" files to the FTP site with the fewest "extra" steps?

I was specifically wondering if there were some sort of 3rd party add-in to Internet Explorer to allow SSL connections to FTP sites.  Obviously, you can log into an FTP site with Internet Explorer or even Windows Explorer...and create a link, make it drag and drop, the whole nine yards...WONDERFUL!!!  Now, how do you do it securely???

I found a java ap, but it's $400. (http://www.jscape.com/sftpapplet/index.html) Kinda looking for something cheaper or "yes", even FREE would be great (we all want it free, don't we?).

If I understand correctly, Vista and IE7.0 will have this functionality built in or available...would like to get this accomplished now, not 2 years from now (being a little facetious)

MANY THANKS for your suggestions....

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Barron5,

I think the easiest option is a third party application.  An application like WS_FTP Pro will allow for secure FTP connections and will allow you to create scripts and schedule transfers to make it even easier than using IE.  IE would then require the user to copy and paste, etc which can still be difficult.  The scripting features in programs like WSFTP do not normally take strong programming skills and the scripts can be written easily.

I have personally used WS-FTP (http://www.ipswitch.com/products/ws_ftp/index.asp) and recommend it strongly.  If you are interested in other similar options then I can provide others too.  If you have any questions or need more information then please let me know.

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I currently use WS-FTP Pro....but haven't been aware of its script-programming capabilities.  So you're suggesting that if they have their data files stored in the same place each time, you can write a script for WS-FTP and let it upload from their local site to the FTP site automatically....  That sounds alright.  I guess it takes some of the thought process out of their hands.  Definately worth considering.  Still would prefer a way to do it through Windows Explorer or Internet Explorer, though....just for the flexiblity of allowing them to pull from wherever the files exist instead of a static pre-programmed "area".  I'll definately keep that in mind, though, if no other better solutions are presented.  THANKS!
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