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Panic's stevenf: Time to Dump FTP
Merlin Mann | Jul 14 2008
stevenf.com ("Don't Use FTP")
Steven Frank, one of the boys wonder behind Panic and their excellent Transmit app says it’s high time to dump FTP in favor of its smarter, sexier sister, SFTP. Of which Steven says “It’s secure, it’s consistently implemented, and it’s machine-readable.”
A lot of people who have used FTP daily for years are surprised to learn that they're sending everything in the clear -- that means the stuff you're uploading as well as your actual password. Makes you think twice about what you're throwing through the air as you update your blog templates via "free WiFi."
I agree. If you're unsure whether your host will let you do SFTP (and SSH in general), ask. You may indeed need special permission (many providers "jail" garden-variety users in a way that disallows SSH without special permission). You may also need to find the correct port. On my host, A2, for example, you have to run SSH and SFTP on the unconventional port 7822, but it works like a charm once you're up.
Great suggestion, Steven. Worth getting the word out.
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