AnyConnect is a small software application whose purpose is to help you manage file transfers via FTP, FTPS, SSH, Telnet, or Terminal connections. It is a standalone program and can also be found integrated within VisualCron, an advanced tool that deals with file/script executions. It comes with support for multiple connections at the same time. The connections can be both FTP and terminal ones.
The utility sports a clean interface and employs an Explorer-like layout for helping you browse throughout the files and folders from your computer. A help manual is not included in the package so you need to experiment with the built-in in features in order to understand how it works.
Set up a new connection
A new connection can be configured by providing general information about the protocol type (e.g. FTP SSL, FTP TLS/SSL, SFTP, SSH, Telnet, Google Drive, Microsoft Azure, Amazon S3, Dropbox, Box). Depending on the type of the protocol that you want to set up, AnyConnect comes with different parameters.
For example, if you want to establish an FTP connection, you need to provide information about the server (name, address, port number) and extra details about the data connection type and used protocol.
When it comes to security settings, you are allowed to configure the authentication type (e.g. password, public key, basic authentication), allow anonymous logins, use clients’ certificates, as well as automatically accept all server certificates.
Other important tweaking parameters worth being mentioned enable you to alter proxy options, keep logs for sent and received data, as well as configure terminal options (emulation, codepage, and sound notifications).
Logs, file transfers, and additional features
AnyConnect keeps a list with all connections, allowing you to quickly switch between them. In addition, it reveals information about the transfer log directly in the main window, namely details about the name, direction, size, local file, remote file, speed, elapsed/remaining time, and status. A terminal log is also kept and includes data about the time and events.
What’s more, you can make use of drag-and-drop actions for quick file transfers, check out the local and remote folders, keep an eye on the progress of file uploading/downloading tasks, view info about each file and folder (filename, size, type, date), as well as perform file management actions, like cut, copy, paste, delete, create new folder, rename, view, execute, open Properties panel, and refresh.
To make a long story short, AnyConnect can be used for simple file transfers and is suitable especially for less experienced users who do not have the time to work with complex FTP clients.