Virtual bank offers virtual safety deposit box

According to the article Mysterious Paypal Secure Storage on TechCrunch, Paypal is in the process of building a service that allows customers to safely transfer and store files on the payment provider’s servers. So far, though, it’s unclear to whom the service will be offered — only to merchants or to all the users.

What’s remarkable is that files will be transferred via SFTP(Secure File Transfer Protocol), a protocol offered by the SSH(Secure Shell) software suite, even though Windows has no default SFTP application (of course there are offers from 3rd party vendors). SSH and SFTP are widely used on Unix systems where they are available as command line applications. As open source software, the SSH suite offers mature tools for secure data transfer.

It’s an interesting move for a payment provider to offer such a service, but maybe it’ll be just the basis for future fulfilment services.