Today, FTP is widely used for various purposes, including publishing websites, sharing large files, and updating software packages. To transfer files using FTP, you need an FTP client, which is a software application that connects your computer to an FTP server and enables you to transfer files between them.
There are several types of FTP clients available, including command-line FTP clients, graphical FTP clients, and web-based FTP clients. The operating system of MS Windows contains a built-in FTP client system, which can only run in command-line mode and has failed to gain popularity. Therefore, it is important to look for a solution that delivers a full range of options for files and folders both on local computer systems and FTP servers, such as uploading, downloading, moving, deleting, and modifying file properties.
FTP SSL and SSH are two secure file transfer protocols that provide additional security features over the traditional FTP protocol.
FTP SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is an extension of FTP that adds SSL encryption to the data transfer. SSL is a protocol that provides secure communications on the Internet by encrypting data sent between two computers. When using FTP SSL, the data is encrypted during transmission, making it difficult for unauthorized users to intercept and access the data. FTP SSL is commonly used to transfer sensitive data such as financial information, personal data, and confidential documents.
SSH (Secure Shell) is a network protocol that provides a secure channel between two computers. It uses encryption to protect the data transmitted over the network and provides authentication to ensure that only authorized users can access the data. SSH can be used for various purposes, including remote command-line access, file transfers, and tunneling. SSH file transfer protocol (SFTP) is a secure file transfer protocol that uses SSH to provide secure file transfer capabilities. SFTP is commonly used to transfer files over the Internet securely.
In conclusion, FTP is a widely used file transfer protocol that enables users to transfer files between computers on a network. When choosing an FTP client, it is important to look for a solution that delivers a full range of options for files and folders both on local computer systems and FTP servers. FTP SSL and SSH are two secure file transfer protocols that provide additional security features over the traditional FTP protocol.