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Chapter 18. Using Internet Information S... > Special Security Issues with FTP

Special Security Issues with FTP

As mentioned previously, FTP requires a user to log on for access and permits two types of connections: anonymous or authenticated. Authenticated connections require a Windows login name and password, and as you might guess, anonymous connections don't use passwords (well, technically, they do; they use the login name anonymous and accept anything entered as a password). The Microsoft FTP service can be configured to permit authenticated, anonymous, or both types of access.

On an Internet-connected system, using anonymous access is a great way to distribute files that you want anyone in the world to be able to download—for example, your company's product catalog. But you can use a Web page or a Web-shared folder with directory listing enabled to accomplish this task just as well.


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