Using WebDAV vs. FTP
Posted by Francois Rufli on 15 August 2011 08:07 AM

Using Web Folders (WebDAV) for secure file transfer

Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV), also known as Web Folders, is a file transfer protocol that supports secure file transfer over intranets and the Internet. With WebDAV, you can upload, download, and manage files on a remote computer across an intranet and the Internet. WebDAV is similar to File Transfer Protocol (FTP); however, WebDAV provides a more secure environment for transferring files over the Web.


WebDAV protects your password and encrypted data when you send information to a Web server running Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). If the server is not running SSL, WebDAV can protect your password if the server is configured to use Windows authentication. However, you cannot encrypt the data sent to the server. If a server is running SSL, the Internet address for the server will begin with https:// instead of http://.

FTP does not use encryption or another security mechanism to protect your password when you log on to a server. In addition, you cannot encrypt your data when using FTP to send files to or from a server. This places your information at risk, because anyone using networking hardware or software can capture your information as it is transferred.

Using WebDAV to transfer files, folders, and other data to Web servers running SSL is the safest way to transfer information.

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