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WinSCP Portable 5.15.1

This easy-to-use SFTP and FTP client will protect your file transfers from snoopers

by Mike Williams

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License: Open Source
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English, Czech, Finnish, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Spanish, Swedish, Ukranian
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 11 April 2019
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Developer: WinSCP Team
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WinSCP Portable
Securely transfer files across the internet

FTP may be one of the oldest Internet protocols (it was first officially defined in 1971), but it\'s still one of the simplest, fastest and most efficient ways to transfer files from one PC to another. Which is probably why it\'s usually the protocol of choice when it comes to uploading files to a web server.

There\'s a problem, though. While FTP can protect against unauthorised access with simple password authentication, the FTP connection itself is unencrypted. That means that, in theory at least, anyone with a well-placed packet sniffer could intercept your FTP traffic, read user names, passwords, then grab all your transferred files.

WinSCP is a transfer tool that can protect against this problem by connecting using the Secure File Transfer Protocol (also known as SSH). As long as the remote computer you\'re trying to reach also supports this protocol, then you\'ll be able to create an encrypted connection that keeps your data and files safe from snoopers. (Though if the server doesn\'t support SFTP, WinSCP can always make a regular, insecure FTP connection instead.)

However you get connected, WinSCP is very easy to use. It\'ll take your server name, port, logon details and so on, then save them for speedy access later. An Explorer-like dual-pane interface then shows your local PC on the left, remote server on the right, and transferring information between the two is as simple as dragging and dropping.

If even that sounds like too much work, then you can set up the program to automatically synchronise the remote server with a local folder. And WinSCP comes packed with other useful features, including an integrated text editor that allows you to directly edit files on the remote PC, and a command line interface for creating scripts to automate transfer tasks.

Note that this is the portable version of WinSCP.

Version 5.15.0 changelog can be found here.

Verdict:

A powerful tool for securely transferring files across the internet. It\'s also a capable FTP client, though, so take a look even if your server doesn\'t support SFTP

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This is the latest version of Windows May 2019 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

May 2019 Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO will give you build 1903 which is the May 2019 Update.

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