Manage Databases on Internet Servers

Password Depot allows you to store databases or backup files on Internet servers. To manage these servers centrally, there is the option Manage Internet Servers.

To manage your Internet servers, click on Edit -> Internet servers. A new dialog window will open and you can choose from the different options:

  • + New: Allows you to enter a new internet server. 
  • Edit: You can adjust settings of an internet server that has already been added to Password Depot.
  • Delete: Removes a server from the list.

Add/Edit Internet Server

If you click on + New or Edit a drop down menu will open and you can choose from the different cloud servers available here. You can see a list of all available cloud servers via WebDAV protocol in the section Database Manager - Internet Server. With the release of version 14 support of different cloud servers via WebDAV protocol is implemented. After having chosen one of the available services you first need to enter the corresponding data in order to be able to start a connection in any case:

 

  • Protocol: You can choose between FTP, HTTP, SFTP, HTTPS, FTPS and FTPES, WebDAV and WebDAV (SSL). 

TIP: Generally, you should use the SFTP protocol as it allows read and write access and is additionally more secure than FTP. If you only need read-only access to a file on the Internet, however, the HTTP protocol is sufficient.  

NOTE: If you select HTTP or HTTPS, you cannot upload new files to the server. Thus, in this case, in the Database Manager, the option for uploading new files will be disabled. New files can only be uploaded to FTP or SFTP servers.

  • Address: Enter the server address. When working with your own server, this could be, for example, "ftp.myserver.com" or "www.myserver.com". Do not enter a path or storage location here! When choosing one of the available cloud servers, the right server address is displayed here by default, regarding the GMX MediaCenter this will be "webdav.mc.gmx.net" etc.
  • Port: The default entry is Auto; Password Depot will automatically search for the correct port.
  • Path: Enter the complete path. Do not enter a file name here! For accessing the root directory, enter only one slash (/). For all cloud servers the full path is already displayed here by default.
  • User name: Enter the user name. This entry is required for FTP servers.
  • Password: Enter the password. This entry is required for FTP servers.
  • Passive: Allows you to switch between active and passive FTP mode (provided you are using the FTP protocol).

NOTE: The feature Passive is only available if the protocol is set to FTP.

EXPLANATION: The terms "passive" and "active" refer to the server's behavior during data transfer with the client. In the passive mode, the server is passive, the data transfer being initiated by the client. In the active mode, by contrast, the server is active and asks the client for the port via which data should be transferred. If an active firewall on the client notices the incoming connection, however, it might stop this connection and thereby also stop the data transfer. Conclusion: Therefore, if a firewall on the client does not allow for incoming connections, you should use passive FTP.

Examples for entering an Internet server:

Example 1: You would like to store your passwords and access them via FTP in the directory privatestuff on your web server with the domain http://www.myserver.com. The complete path using a browser would thus be http://www.myserver.com/privatestuff/.

First you create an FTP account for this directory in your provider's control panel and assign this FTP account the directory /privatestuff as the home directory. Any user who logs in to your server using this FTP account will only see this directory.

  • Protocol: FTP

  • Host: myserver.com

  • Path: /

Example 2: You wish to store your passwords in the directory privatestuff on your web server with the domain http://www.myserver.com. The complete path using a browser would thus be http://www.myserver.com/privatestuff/.

You do not want to create a new FTP account, but use your main account, which gives you access to all directories on the server. This means you have to specify the directory privatestuff as the path.

  • Protocol: FTP

  • Host: myserver.com

  • Path: /privatestuff

Example 3: You would like to access a database, but only know its URL, not the FTP access data. The file is stored under the URL http://www.myserver.com/privatestuff/secret.psw.

  • Protocol: HTTP

  • Host: www.myserver.com

  • Path: /privatestuff

NOTE: You will enter the file names when creating or opening databases. In the Manage Internet Servers dialog box, you only specify server information.