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In the simplest of definitions, an FTP Server (which stands for File Transfer Protocol Server) is a software application which enables the transfer of files from one computer to another. FTP is a way to transfer files to any computer in the world that is connected to the internet. But what does all of this…

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Active and passive modes can be a difficult idea to understand. In some ways it seems counterintuitive. The simplest explanation is that active and passive are the two modes that FTP can run in. An FTP server can be placed in two different default modes by an administrator: Active or Passive. Active mode was originally…

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FTP is a simple protocol that, if implemented correctly, can make it easy to send, retrieve and store files. The technology isn’t groundbreaking, but it does the job. But are FTP servers secure? What are the FTP server security risks? The biggest limitation of FTP is that, by itself, it’s not inherently secure. When determining whether…

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You’ve been running your favorite FTP server software for years, and it works flawlessly. One of the great things about FTP is that it’s a simple protocol that, if implemented correctly, is a file transfer workhorse. The technology isn’t sexy, but it does the job. So what’s the problem with using an FTP server? What’s…

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SFTP Server Security Best Practices Keeping your corporate servers safe is a constant concern for IT professionals. Typically, the first step in SFTP Server security is choosing a secure protocol such as FTP/S or SFTP. Sometimes, that’s not possible, so what other security measures can you take? The most important thing to focus on is…

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Free FTP server software is tempting when your IT budget is stretched, or when you don’t want to go through a long and cumbersome purchasing process. There are many good freeware options available, but in a corporate environment, these may carry risks. Here are some things to consider while searching for FTP Server Software: Security…

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