November 8th, 2012, 08:10 PM
FTP without client?
Devshed won't let me post the link but a website has a client ftp login ie ftp.example.com which then asks for username and password. I am not sure what happens after log in but I think it is for people to send large files to the website owner. If so would this be using ftp without an ftp client such as filezilla?
I am just wondering if it is possible for people to transfer files by ftp via the browser and without the trouble of setting up an ftp client.
November 8th, 2012, 11:26 PM
It is not possible to use FTP without an FTP client. Most browsers have a built-in read-only FTP client used to navigation ftp:// links.
November 9th, 2012, 01:58 AM
@ E-Oreo thanks for your reply. The website with the ftp login is linealservices dot com. So would you say that the ftp browser login is just for a client to view and download files but not to upload?
Originally Posted by E-Oreo
Anyway can you please tell me is ftp generally used for the transfer of large files - I mean is it considered a secure method or would there be a better method? In the website above the website offers printing services so it would be for example customers sending sensitive business documents to be printed.
November 9th, 2012, 02:33 AM
If you're on windows, you can just use file explorer (not IE). Other file explorers on other systems also have the same functionality.
Just type ftp://ftp.example.com/ into the address bar, it will prompt you for username and password, then you can just drag and drop to your hearts content.
FTP is reliable, but not especially secure. Login information is sent in cleartext, as are the file contents when you copy a file. So eavesdropping the connection is a risk.
To secure the link, either piggyback FTP over something like TLS, or use SSH.
However, these probably require additional software support at the client end (not so simple as just using explorer for example).
> for example customers sending sensitive business documents to be printed.
I think the bigger risk would be personnel outside the intended readership. Outsourcing printing of large volumes of promotional material is one thing. Printing off financial reports is another matter entirely.