I've been told that connecting via SFTP is better for protection rather than FTP. But it seems that a majority of web hosting providers don't offer SFTP. In fact, I don't really ever see it advertised. Am I wrong about SFTP being better? Do most people just not care about encryption while transferring files? Or is there some SFTP alternative that web hosting providers employ?
My client asked me if he could use SFTP to transfer encrypted files securely, I just knew that the default port for that SFTP was not enabled but the host provider changed/customied it with another port (2222).
You might also want to check with your host provider if you can't connect through the standard/default SFTP port
And sure, SFTP is better and more secure than standard FTP.
SFTP is the most secure medium to transfer files from computer to server and due to this most of the web hosts offer it. However they do not advertise it. It is little bit slow than FTP but offers complete protection form virus during transferring files.
By the way, speaking about that SFTP, which one of these encryption methods is good/better to be used for SFTP: PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) or GPG (Gnu Privacy Guard)?
Which one is more popular and is used commonly by hosting companies, and why they chose to use either one of them?
Just curious and want to know the difference between PGP and GPG (cause my client also asked about it, and I couldn't give the proper/right answer).