I fully understand why I should disable Root login on a production server. That makes sense. I can log in as username, then sudo back to root functions just fine from the terminal.
What I'm unable to do is utilize a graphic type of secure file transfer protocol (SFTP) tool (e.g. filezilla) to get access to key directories. Is there a way to keep the root login disabled and use SFTP, or am I stuck using a terminal $ ssh login with wget or curl for all of my file transfer needs?
The problem is that I can only use wget or curl for content loaded on a server somewhere. I can't directly upload content from my laptop/desktop development machine to the server. Yes, I am aware that git style transfers are an other possibility. I would need a private git repo somewhere to make that work.
Is there a way to set a sudo access for the SFTP tool, without using a root login?
Is there an alternative method to send new content to a online server via remote access, without compromising security?
Same thing goes for downloading / reading systems content. I know I can do a lot of things via terminal and
su - or
sudo, but I have to say, reading a systems log file that is 10 megs long is just out of the question with