Exchange Files Over Internet
This guide contains simplified description of exchanging files over Internet with WinSCP.
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: