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What all is involved in setting up ftp?

By vasurfnsnow ·
Hi all, I am wondering what all is involved in setting up an ftp... is it possible to run from home or what? Do I need to run a separate machine on a server platform (i.e. NT 4.0)? Do I have to purchase server space or something? Any info would be much appreciated. Davo

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Just about any machine

by James R Linn In reply to What all is involved in s ...

Can act as a FTP server.

The software comes on NT/2000 servers, Linux boxes, Unix OSs etc.

There are public domain programs to allow this on your personal computer, but there may be good reasons why you don't want people to do this.

The prim reason is, by setting up an FTP service, you are inviting people onto your computer. FTP services could be hacked, passwords guessed or cracked, and all of a sudden people have full access to the data on your personal computer.

Better to have aseparate computer. It doesn't have to be super fast, FTP is not a demanding service.

Conversely you can rent out FTP somewhere for the same price as web hosting, which is to say, pretty inexpensively. That way you don't have the security concerns.

James

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FTP security

by admin In reply to Just about any machine

As long as you pay some attention to security, I don't think having an FTP server up on a personal machine is necessarily bad, sometimes it is useful. I would always turn it off when I didn't need it and run on a non-standard port though. If I want to have it up full time I would (and do, actually) run it on the same box as the webserver etc. for a small operation such as home-based. Of course, attention to security and regular back-ups are essential, but it's quite possible in my opinion. Having said that, FTP is relatively easy to compromise, but with gnutella client\servers, Instant Messenger file sharing and MS software running on most home users machines (much less backdoor trojans) I'm not sure how much worse it really is.

Just my2 cents though... you are right spot on in saying it is well worth the pittance hosting companies get these days to provide this service for many users, but then, if you're one of those tinkering DIY'rs then maybe it's not so bad :)

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