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You can use Fetch to upload (put) files for other people, such as co-workers or customers, to download. If you want to make sure that only the intended recipients can read the files, follow these suggestions:

  1. Encrypt the files on your Macintosh. One way to do this is to use StuffIt or another encryption program to create a password protected archive of your files.
  2. Choose File > New Connection.
  3. Enter the connection information for your FTP space or web space, and click the Connect button. If you are unsure what to enter in the New Connection dialog, see the What do I enter in the hostname, username, and password fields? help topic.
  4. Click the Put toolbar button, or choose Remote > Put.
  5. Select the encrypted files you created in step 1.
  6. Click the Put button.
  7. After the files have finished uploading, send a link (URL) for the files to the people who the files are intended for, and tell them the password to unlock the files. If you are unsure what the URL for the files would be, your Internet provider can help you.

This way, you don't have to worry that anyone could download the files, because only the intended recipients who know the password can decrypt them.

If you connect to the same server frequently, you may want to create a shortcut to it.

If you frequently send links to files that you upload, you may want to set up WebView for your server so that you can copy web addresses of files in Fetch.

While Fetch can create StuffIt archives when uploading files, it cannot create password protected StuffIt archives, so you must use the StuffIt application to create them. However, Fetch will prompt for the password to decrypt password protected StuffIt archives when downloading them.

Another way to limit access to files and folders on your server to specific people is to configure your web server to require a password to enter certain folders or download certain files. Fetch cannot do this for you; you would need to talk to your Internet service provider about how to set up your web account for password protection.