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hi everyone, i just started using my comcast biz website ftp to storage my family pictures, music, and other things to free space of my hard drive, my question is how safe is this? would my files be safe on my ftp site? i am the only one that access this page reason am using it is cause it has 300GB of space i am a noob at this so please go easy on me thanks .

i am just using IE to upload files to it.

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Edited by -javier- - 7/18/11 at 9:18am
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Comcast should have the server relatively secure (but who knows with all the hacks lately)
Make sure you use a good password and if possible use SFTP, FTP doesn't encrypt the transfer. I wouldn't put anything sensitive or critical on there if you don't have to.

Why not just buy a nice 2TB drive and save this stuff there if you're worried? Or a nice portable drive if you need to bring the data with you?
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Originally Posted by Jonowxeno View Post
Comcast should have the server relatively secure (but who knows with all the hacks lately)
Make sure you use a good password and if possible use SFTP, FTP doesn't encrypt the transfer. I wouldn't put anything sensitive or critical on there if you don't have to.

Why not just buy a nice 2TB drive and save this stuff there if you're worried? Or a nice portable drive if you need to bring the data with you?
thats the thing, hard drives are not safe as well, what if my house gets burn or someone stole my pc, or omg i drop my hard drive u know what i mean, i still want to keep my pictures from when my kids were born.

hey is WinSCP good for SFTP?
Edited by -javier- - 7/18/11 at 10:12am
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Well if you think of it like that, no data is really safe. Servers can always go down and data can always be lost. Best to have multiple backups stored in different locations if you want to cover all your bases.

1. Local copy
2. Backup offline copy (put fireproof safe with extra padding around it and another offsite if you're really worried)
3. Online copy through Cloud Storage - Reason being, your website may or may not be backed up by Comcast. A website is not geared for backup.

There's more extreme things you could do like tape backup but that's overboard.

Whether SFTP is available is if your webhost offers it to you. Probably not for shared hosting, but you said you're uploading through IE so make sure the site has https:// as its protocol.

I think your question isn't really about how safe is FTPing to your website, but rather how to safely backup your data.

WinSCP is fine, you can also use FileZilla
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for some reason i can not conenct over SFTP any ideas?
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I'm guessing your server and/or service you have from Comcast does not include SFTP. Check your contract to see what is available. If it is, best to contact them to see how to connect.
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I'm guessing your server and/or service you have from Comcast does not include SFTP. Check your contract to see what is available. If it is, best to contact them to see how to connect.
ok comcast doesnt support SFTP, now what can i do to make my transfers safe
and password safe.
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Not much you can do about FTP if that's the only way they allow, if you're uploading through IE through their interface just look to see if it's https protocol, it should have that at least

Password - just generate one that mix of letters, numbers, special characters.
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