File Transfer Protocol (FTP) 101

The File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a protocol used widely for the efficient transfer of data files from a source computer to an end user on a personal computer network. FTP stands for, “file transfer protocol”. FTP servers are designed to act as connection points for computers that are either connected to the internet or are capable of receiving and sending messages through this protocol. FTP transfers file contents from one computer to another either temporarily or permanently. Temporary files are transferred over this method on a regular basis while permanent files are transferred only when the user is ready to save the data permanently. FTP also acts as a protocol for controlling the access to computer resources such as printers, modems, FTP clients, and FTP servers.

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