Secure File Transfer
TargetSmart Communications supports file transfer using the FTP protocol. Contact our sales or support staff to have a data transfer account set up.
If you do not have FTP client software, or are unfamiliar with file transfer protocols, we suggest using the free open-source Filezilla FTP client software. The Tutorial below is based on Filezilla.
You can download the Filezilla client here.
Be aware that basic FTP does not encrypt login credentials or data that is transferred. If you are transferring sensitive data, see the Encryption section below.
The following encryption schemes are supported:
- GPG file encryption
- FTPES (explicit) transfer encryption
GPG file encryption
Use the following key to communicate securely with TargetSmart Communications:
6FDC 3CAA 8731 26A5 D8CC C03D 1889 D9F6 2EEB 067C
Download: TargetSmart GPG/PGP Public key
FTPES transport encryption
We currently support explicit mode FTPS encrypted transfer. Implicit mode FTPS is currently not supported but may be in the future. Check your FTP client documentations for support for explicit FTPS connections. The tutorial below explains how to use Filezilla for FTPES connections.
First, launch the Filezilla client. Once open, you will see a toolbar across the top of Filezilla that looks like the following:
To connect to the TargetSmart FTP server, you will enter:
- A hostname
- Your account username
- Your account password
- Click the Quickconnect button
Enter the hostname as follows for plain FTP (no encryption):
Enter the hostname as follows for FTPS transfer (explicit transfer encryption). This is the preferred method:
Once you are connected, you will see a listing of directories and files on our FTP server in the part of Filezilla labeled Remote Site (typically on the right side of the interface). To upload files to our server:
- Select a file from the Local Site Filezilla pane (a directory and file listing of your local computer, typically on the left side of the Filezilla interface)
- Right-click on the selected file and choose Upload
- Alternatively, you can drag and drop the local file from the local file pane to the remote server pane
To downloading files, drag from the remote file listing to the local file listing.
The following screencast illustrates uploading a local file to the TargetSmart FTP host:
For more information on using Filezilla for data transfer, consult the Filezilla documentation here.