SFTP public keys are used as an alternative authentication method for establishing secure FTP connections when importing and exporting contacts. Instead of authenticating with a password, the public key authentication uses a pair of keys, one private and one public. The private key is kept secret and is typically encrypted on the user’s FTP client for safekeeping. As proof of owning the private key, the user reveals only their public key when making an SFTP connection.
Your private keys will be stored in Cordial without being revealed outright. However, you will be provided the corresponding public keys for authenticating SFTP contact import and export connections.
Create a New Secret
Navigate to the Secrets vault by accessing the Account Settings page located in the account management dropdown.
Create a New secret by providing the key name and description.
Cordial will generate the key pair and present you with the public key. The private key will remain secret and stored securely in your Cordial account.
Authenticate Using Public Keys
You can now use the public key to authenticate SFTP connections when importing and exporting contacts. Choose Saved key as the authentication method and pick from the available public keys.
Multiple keys can be generated and managed directly from the Secrets vault. You can generate individual public keys for use by designated teams or team members.
Manage Public Keys
All active keys will be listed on the Secrets vault page. If a key is no longer needed, it can be permanently deleted. Deleting a key will cause SFTP authentications that were dependant on that key to no longer authenticate.