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Beyond FTP Encryption

Beyond FTP currently incorporates two types of encryption, one for international and domestic distribution (standard shipping version), and one for domestic distribution only (U.S. and Canada).  

Note that the domestic version is free of charge for licensed and registered owners of Beyond FTP located in the U.S. and Canada.  

Click here to request the domestic version.

The domestic version of Beyond FTP allows you to choose between two highly secure industry standard encryption algorithms: the first, Rijndael, pronounced "Rain Doll", was selected by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and will be the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS); the second, Twofish, was designed by Counterpane Labs and was one of five AES finalists.

The international version has two encryption algorithms: one is a proprietary encryption algorithm of Automated Programming Technologies, Inc. and is comparable to standard 40-bit strength algorithms; the second is DES, a 56-bit algorithm that was formally the AES and FIPS standard. These algorithms, while effective, are weak when compared to both Rijndael and Twofish.

Both the Rijndael and Twofish algorithms employ encryption strengths (key sizes) of 128, 192 or 256-bits.

In decimal terms, this means that there are approximately:

3.4 x 1038 possible 128 bit keys;

6.2 x 1057 possible 192 bit keys;

and 1.1 x 1077 possible 256 bit keys.

In comparison, DES keys are 56 bits long, which means there are approximately 7.2 x 1016 possible DES keys. Thus, there are on the order of 1021 times more AES 128-bit keys than DES 56-bit keys.  

Beyond FTP uses private "keys" to encrypt and decrypt data.  This means that the "key" never leaves the source or target machines, and cannot be intercepted on the Internet. 

Beyond FTP keys are generated by applying the Secure Hashing Algorithm (proposed FIPS SHA-2 256-bit) to a user supplied phrase.

Beyond FTP uses these encryption algorithms to encrypt all data before it leaves the source machine. The data is then decrypted only when it has been successfully received by the target machine. 

Note that with Lock-SAFE Technology, Beyond FTP encryption is supported when sending data between Beyond FTP Servers, Beyond FTP Clients, and any standard FTP Server.

How do I get the domestic only version of Beyond FTP?

If your company is located in the domestic United States or Canada and you have bought a license of Beyond FTP, then you are eligible to upgrade to the domestic only (non-exportable) version of Beyond FTP. 

Please call 810-225-0588 to request an upgraded encryption module.

Domestic Sales: 800-260-9450
International Sales: +01 810-225-0588
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