Technology Briefs

What are cloud storage APIs?

New cloud storage APIs let you take advantage of the high up-time and low overhead of cloud storage sites when designing your business processes. Amazon, Box, Dropbox, Sharefile, Oracle Cloud, Azure and Google Cloud are among cloud sites moving beyond simple file sharing between individuals and teams to enable more complex business workflows using their proprietary APIs.

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What is the difference between PGP and OpenPGP?

OpenPGP is a standard that defines formats for encryption keys and messages. PGP is a trademarked term used by Symantec Corporation for their OpenPGP-compliant products, such as Symantec PGP Command Line. Many commercial products like McAfee E-Business Server and free products like Diplomat OpenPGP Community Edition comply with the OpenPGP standard.

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What is Secure FTP?

Secure FTP is a broad term that refers to two differnt technologies that can encrypt both authentication information and data files in transit. FTPS refers to secure FTP that uses SSL or TLS for encryption. SFTP refers to the use of Secure Shell or SSH network protocol to exchange data over a secure channel.

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How to Use PGP Keys?

OpenPGP keys are used to encrypt and sign outbound files and to decrypt and verify inbound files. PGP encryption protects the contents of a file. PGP signatures verify the authenticity of the file’s sender and provides non-repudiation, which prevents the sender from claiming that he or she did not actually send the file. Diplomat OpenPGP Community Edition is a free tool for OpenPGP encryption.

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