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Chapter 11.  Web Services and Security > Host an FTP site for file transfer

11.9. Host an FTP site for file transfer

While you can allow others on your LAN access to your local folders and files through the File and Printer Sharing (FPS) service, that method doesn't work for users who are located on the Internet or in a different network segment that isn't supported by FPS. For example, you might be using NetBEUI for FPS rather than TCP/IP for security reasons, which prevents other users across a router on another network segment from accessing your local resources (because NetBEUI isn't routable). If those users have TCP/IP installed, however, they can access your files if you make them available through File Transfer Protocol, or FTP.

Using FTP has the additional benefit that only those folders and files you place in the FTP folder structure are available to remote users. This helps you protect your other folders and files from unauthorized access, at least through FTP.


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