WHat is a file transfer protocol? Is it a bad thing?

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    1 decade ago
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    File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a way of transfering files between computers and servers over the internet or in a network. In any situation with FTP, there is a server computer and a client computer. The server is where the file is located, and the client is the computer to which needs to be connected to the server. I don't know much about what you want to use an FTP for, but if it's for a home network or small network where you aren't transfering important files, than FTP is for you. However, FTP has its holes. The biggest flaw with FTP is even if you have a password to access the server computer, when you send the password over the network, it is NOT encrypted. This means that anyone who is monitoring your computer can openly see the password. But, if you just want to get a file from Point A to Point B, FTP is for you. Check out http://www.serv-u.com/ for a free FTP server. Once you install the server on the computer(s), you can open up any browser and type in "ftp:\\192.168.xx.xx" (or what ever the IP address of the computer with the server is using).

  • 1 decade ago

    No, it is definitely not a bad thing. File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is used to move files from one system to another using the TCP/IP protocol (which underlies most of the Internet). It is very simple, and supported by most operating systems, which is why it is popular. The criticisms of FTP are that it isn't 100% secure (since the login/password are passed in clear text), and it doesn't do much in the way of error handling. If you are concerned with security, try SFTP (FTP over an SSH connection), but for most simple one-time tasks, FTP is a good way to go.

  • 1 decade ago

    No its just used to move files usually across the internet to a website server.

  • 1 decade ago

    No, its what many site builders use to get their local sites they build onto the remote server.

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  • 1 decade ago

    no it's not bad..

    Look up "ftp client" it's how people put stuff on their website

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