# Connecting to SFTP
Privacy Dynamics can connect to CSV and Parquet files hosted on your SFTP server. This guide helps you authenticate and authorize Privacy Dynamics to access your data via SFTP.
To complete this guide, you will need the following:
- An SFTP server.
- A user for your SFTP server with Admin privileges to create a new user and define access control for that user.
- A Privacy Dynamics account.
Before you can connect to SFTP in Privacy Dynamics, you will want to create a new service account user for Privacy Dynamics to use.
# Configure Your SFTP Server
Configuration for your SFTP server will depend on the implementation. However, for Privacy Dynamics to connect to your SFTP server, you will need to:
- Provision a new user for Privacy Dynamics to use. This User must be able to authenticate with a password or private key. We like the name
svc_pvcyfor this user, but it can be anything.
- Allow the Privacy Dynamics user to read the files that contain sensitive data that you would like to anonymize.
- Allow the Privacy Dynamics user to write new files (and optionally overwrite previously-created files) to the SFTP server.
# Add the SFTP Connection in Privacy Dynamics
- Sign in to your Privacy Dynamics account.
- Go to the Connections page (opens new window).
- Select Add Connection.
- Choose SFTP and select Next.
- Enter the connection details:
- Name - a name for you to identify the connection.
- Host - the endpoint for the SFTP server, without the port.
- Port - the port we use to connect to your server. The default is
- Username - the username of the service account we created earlier (
- Password - the password or private key for the service account user.
- Select TEST CONNECTION to verify the credentials.
- Select ADD CONNECTION and your connection saves if there are no errors.