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Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP)

You can use Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) to remotely access your H drive, I drive, and web/UNIX network folders from your home computer.

Note: File Transfer Protocol (FTP) that is not secure is no longer allowed to access PSU services. Using non-secure FTP sends your username and password across the internet with no encryption, meaning that anyone who cares to spy on your internet activity can see them and use them for malicious purposes.

Using FileZilla

FileZilla is the recommended program to use for establishing an SFTP connection. It works for PC and Mac, and does not require a VPN client.

  1. Visit the FileZilla download page, and select the appropriate version for your computer.
  2. Open the downloaded file, and follow the onscreen directions to install it
  3. Run FileZilla and configure it by entering the following settings in the top of the application:
    • To Transfer Files in Your H & I Drives or Web/UNIX Folder:
      • Host:
      • Username: Your Odin username
      • Password: Your Odin password
      • Port: 22
    • To Transfer Files in Your Research Share:
  4. Press Enter key.
  5. Check the box that says “Always trust this host,” then press OK. (This will only appear the first the first time you run FileZilla.)
  6. You can now use FileZilla to drag and drop files from your H and I drives.
  7. To connect automatically next time you run FileZilla, click the small arrow icon to the right of the “Quickconnect” button and select the bottom option from the list.

Further Resources

If you get an error message when trying to add files to your drives or folders, you may have run out of space and need to move or delete files. Visit H & I Drive Overview for more information about checking your H & I drive usage or visit Website Creation for more information about checking your web/UNIX folder usage.

Contact the Helpdesk for additional assistance.