Academic journal article Information Technology and Libraries

WinSCP 2.0 Beta

Academic journal article Information Technology and Libraries

WinSCP 2.0 Beta

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Martin Prikryl

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System requirements: Windows 95, 98, NT, 2000, XP, or ME; SSH server for remote connection

Organizations are becoming increasingly conscious of security. Instead of Telnet and FTP, Secure SHell (SSH) is becoming increasingly common. If you want to transfer files, this can be something of a problem since Secure CoPy (SCP) clients, which use SSH, aren't as numerous as FTP clients. Most Web browsers will let you download files by FTP, and Netscape Communicator and Internet Explorer will even let you upload files by FTP. But what if your files are on a secure server? Your organization probably provides your work computer with an SSH client, but if you are at home or elsewhere you'll need an SCP client to transfer files. WinSCP is just the thing.

You can download WinSCP from the author's Web site at http:// No installation is necessary. There's a single executable file that you can run immediately after downloading. An older version does have an installer, if you are so inclined.

After starting WinSCP, you'll get a dialog box with several tabs for various options (see figure 1). Since the default options worked when I connected to my server, I didn't change most of them. In the Basic tab, you fill in the host name you want to connect to, your user name, and your password. …

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