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Understanding TCP/IP by Libor Dostálek, Alena Kabelová

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Chapter 13. File Transfer Protocol

File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is an application protocol suitable for file transfers in a computer network based on TCP/IP. Like the Telnet protocol, FTP too has a very rich history. It dates back to RFC 114 released on April 16, 1971. Now it is standardized by RFC 959 and amended by RFC 2228 and RFC 2640.

Usage

FTP is used for file transfers in computer networks using TCP/IP protocol.

Support from Operating Systems

UNIX, Windows, and other operating systems supporting TCP/IP support FTP as well asTelnet protocol. The FTP client is also an integral part of all web browsers.

Security

FTP is neither less nor more secure than Telnet. Because it is intended for file transfers, anonymous servers that do not have high security ...

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