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Chapter 25. FTP Serving > Alternatives to FTP

Alternatives to FTP

As we have mentioned, turning on the FTP server makes your machine more vulnerable to attacks from the outside. There are other, more secure options you could consider using as alternatives to FTP.

scp and sftp

If you turn on the SSH server, two alternatives become available. You could transfer files either with secure copy (scp) or secure FTP (sftp). Transfers made using scp or sftp are encrypted, thereby providing an extra level of security. With FTP, passwords are transmitted in clear text, adding yet another vulnerability to FTP itself.


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