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FileZilla: Site information still stored locally?

Hi!

When I realized that unencrypted site passwords are a security threat in Filezilla, I decided to get Filezilla portable and always run it from a usb stick. This way, I was hoping, Filezilla would not leave any traces on the computer it's used on.

But I just tried the stick on a different computer and the site information was not there! That made me suspect that the site information is stored on the computer instead of the stick.

So my question is this:

Does filezilla portable store site information (like user names and passwords) on the computer instead of the usb stick??

John T. Haller
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FileZilla stores its passwords unencrypted within a file called sitemanager.xml. In FileZilla this is in APPDATA. In FileZilla Portable, this is stored within FileZillaPortable\Data\settings. It is not moved to the local PC at all and always kept within this folder.

The only way FileZilla Portable would store data locally is if you ran filezilla.exe directly within the FileZillaPortable\App\filezilla directory or associated it to open on clicking from something else.

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The other way of running Filezilla Portable

Hi!

I think I have been doing exactly what you said:
"if you ran filezilla.exe directly within the FileZillaPortable\App\filezilla directory"

I didn't know there was any other way! What is the proper way of starting up Filezilla Portable?

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FileZillaPortable.exe

Running FileZillaPortable.exe, just as with other apps.

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You can use WinSCPPortable as

You can use WinSCPPortable as an alternative to FileZilla.

What I do is keep all the Site Manager fields filled in except the password fields.

Then if you go to the folder FileZillaPortable > Data > Settings >

Find the file sitemanager.xml and right-click on this one and select the box for "Read only".

So next time, you can enter the password for the site ftp and it will not be able to store it because it will be read-only.

It still allows you to connect and everything works fine.

Of course if you wish no details to be stored then blank out the contents of the sitemanager.xml file and make it read-only.

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