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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

FTP Software & Anonymous FTP Servers

FTP Software
Depending on what you are planning to do with your FTP software you should pick different ones. There are hundreds of free pieces of software so there is a very good choice. The three software packages are:

- Cute FTP : It used to be the best shareware FTP program around. It is easy to use and has many functions. Unfortunately, because it has become so popular, the latest version only allows you to transfer one file at a time unless you register. If you can find a copy of version 2.6.* it is an excellent program.

- FTP Explorer : It is not such a good program as Cute FTP but it is freeware so there are no annoying nag-screens. It can be downloaded here.

- Elite FTP : It is not such a good program for uploading standard files it works better if you are working with CGI as you can send commands to the server by typing them in.

Anonymous FTP Servers
A host that provides an FTP service may additionally provide anonymous FTP access. Users typically login to the service with an 'anonymous' account when prompted for user name. Although users are commonly asked to send their email address in lieu of a password, little to no verification is actually performed on the supplied data.
The login id for the public accounts on most anonymous FTP servers is anonymous, and guest is also common. The password can be anything, but most anonymous FTP service machines will ask you to enter your complete email address as your password.

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