Account Security


It is technically possible for someone to set up what is known as a "sniffer" on a network. This is a program which looks at the content of the packets on the network as they float by. Generally, this is done to try and discover a user's password, which is often transmitted in plain text by many programs. Such a sniffer could be located anywhere on the path between you and our server.

When you connect to our server via FTP to upload your web site, etc. the FTP program transmits your password in plain text, so it can be easily "sniffed".

For this reason, we recommend that you use SCP (secure copy) instead. With SCP, your entire connection (including your password) is encrypted, making it impossible to sniff your password.

There are a few programs out there that support SCP. One such program for Windows users which we have been using for a while and are quite happy with is WinSCP. You can download this free program at If you use a different operating system, or would prefer to use a different program, they are out there... A 'net search for SCP clients should do the trick.