10+ FTP Terms

You might not know what FTP stands for, but you use it all the time. It is a very common way to transfer files on computers and other devices. There are many terms related to FTP that can be confusing or new if you have never used it before. This blog post will tell you some of these terms so that you can better understand how this technology works. 

13 Terms You Should Know About FTP

  • File Transfer Protocol – The standard protocol used by most systems for transferring data from one computer to another over a network connection. 
  • File Name – A name provided by the user when saving a file on their device in order to identify it from other files saved on the same device.
  • Uploading– Sending information from one system to another over a network connection.
  • Downloading – The process of retrieving information from a website over the internet.
  • FileZilla – A free and open-source FTP client for Microsoft Windows, making it easy to transfer files between your local device and remote servers or websites.
  • Host – The physical location that one uploads their file to when hosting on an external server such as Amazon’s SES service.
  • Username/Email Address – The user name used by someone logging in with email address provided by an account provider rather than through creating username themselves. This is usually retrieved by inputting the correct password that was assigned at registration time.
  • Password – Inputted text string which provides access to any site using login security features; this can be either a randomly generated string or something that is chosen by the user.
  • Proxy – A computer system that acts as an intermediary between a requesting machine and another server, often on behalf of many other machines. It can be used to retrieve web pages or generate light for example.
  • Port – This input relates to how TCP/IP networks work; it’s one of the numbered channels from 0 through 65535 which are assigned different meaning depending on if they’re in use at any given time.  
  • SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol) – The protocol created specifically for transfers over encrypted connections such as SSH tunnels and SSL . When these protocols are being utilized this will replace FTP transfers because file encryption becomes more important when sensitive data needs to be transferred securely with less risk of interception during transfer.
  • SSH (Secure Shell) – Protocol that’s used to securely log into a remote computer system, establish an encrypted connection, and execute commands in a secure manner.
  • Tunnelling – A type of data transfer which allows for one protocol to be encapsulated within another protocol so as not to interfere with the other traffic on the network such as when using SSL or SSH protocols over TCP/IP networks or UDP . This can also refer to connecting two Ethernet devices together via serial cable rather than WiFi signals by opening ports on firewalls and routers.

These are just a few of the common FTP terms you may come across in your day-to-day life or when working with technology.

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