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I'm thinking of setting up a new box as a dedicated file server and I was wondering if there was any sort of consensus on what the best file sharing protocol to use would be. I use SMB right now, but I find it slow (over WAN), and quite insecure. I know that FTP is sort of a standard, but that it is also somewhat insecure, and very old. I've also heard of SFTP, but my problem is that my ISP blocks the FTP/SFTP port. Any suggestions on what the fastest/most stable/most secure protocol is?

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Will you be accessing the data locally or remotely or both? – joeqwerty Oct 23 '12 at 23:29
Locally & remotely – Libbux Oct 23 '12 at 23:49
Your ISP blocks SFTP? Um, shouldn't you have complete control over what comes in and out of your network or is this in your home? – MDMarra Oct 24 '12 at 1:17
It doesn't block it - they just send you an email threatening to revoke your service if you keep an FTP server running. – Libbux Oct 26 '12 at 1:47
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I would probably recommend CIFS for local access and FTP for remote access.

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Is FTP fairly quick? – Libbux Oct 26 '12 at 1:48
Yes, for remote access it has much lower overhead then CIFS/SMB. I wouldn't recommend it for internal use though because it's not particularly user friendly. – joeqwerty Oct 26 '12 at 1:59

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