Public Key Security with WebDrive

TLS Public Key Authentication in WebDrive

Public key security, more formally known as asymmetric cryptography, involves the use of a pair of dissimilar algorithms (a key pair) to encrypt and decrypt data. Unlike symmetric cryptography, which uses only one key to both encrypt and decrypt, asymmetric cryptography involves two keys that perform opposite functions but make up one process. The public key encrypts the data, which can then only be decrypted by the paired, secret private key. The private key cannot be discovered with the public key, so a user can safely disseminate the public key to users, who can then send coded data only the key pair owner can decode.

WebDrive uses public key security through Transport Layer Security (TLS), which is incorporated into several file transfer protocols, including FTPS, HTTPS, and WebDAVS. TLS offers a higher level of security by optionally accepting connections with only authorized certificates.

Configuring WebDrive

1.   Launch WebDrive

2.   Find the WebDAV connection you’ve created in WebDrive and select the “Edit” icon

3.   Click “WebDAV Settings”

4.   Check the box for “Enable Client Certificate”

5.   Click “Select” to search and choose the Certificate file

6.   Enter the Certificate Password

7.   Connect to your WebDAV Server

Your site is now ready for use. WebDrive will display your server connection as a mapped drive letter.