Exchange Files Over Internet
This guide contains simplified description of exchanging files over Internet with WinSCP.
Before starting you should have WinSCP installed.
Shared file storage
To exchange files with WinSCP you need a file server to store the files to. If you need to exchange files securely you have to look to SFTP/SSH or at least FTPS server. Otherwise FTP server is enough. You have these options when finding/setting up a server:
- You may already have a suitable server if you have a webhosting;
- You can turn your Windows workstation into a file server. If you want to exchange files securely, setup a SSH/SFTP server. You may try these:
- copSSH: open source, based on OpenSSH, most commonly used one;
- freeSSHd: freeware, easy to setup;
- You may also setup a dedicated server for the purpose. This task is out of scope of this topic, however note that all Unix/Linux operating systems include an SSH/SFTP server already (usually OpenSSH).
For actual file exchange, you have two options: