FTP stands for “File Transfer Protocol”, it is a file transfer protocol based on client-server architecture that allows us to share files over TCP connections regardless of operating system used on both ends. To establish the connection we need, as we have said, a server, which will be the one hosting the connection, and a customer, who will be who download or upload the files. One of the most known clients is FileZilla.

FileZilla is a free and widely known and used by users who make use of this protocol open source FTP client, however, this client has a serious hidden problem that can seriously compromise the security of servers, and that is, when we keep data logging on to the FTP server, they are stored in plain text, unencrypted, which can allow, if a hacker is a copy of our client, it will also be made with all data access our servers.

filezilla secure ftp

FileZilla Secure, a safer and faster customer that the original project

FileZilla Secure is an alternative FTP client, based on the original FileZilla project, but incorporates a number of additional security measures to protect servers, including the possibility (optional, like other programs like Firefox) to protect all credentials access to FTP servers using a master password.

Thus, the first open FTP client program will ask a master password to encrypt credentials so that if someone is done with the database, all our FTP servers are insured.

While those directly responsible for the original version of FileZilla refused to implement this security measure claiming it was the responsibility of users to protect their computers, power is appreciated see how other developers provide this type of features the community.

In addition, this customer has also added the ability to increase the maximum number of simultaneous transfers of 10 (default value of the original client) to 1000, although the developer warns that with such a high value is very likely that the performance will be impaired, setting ensures that although 20, 50 or even 100 simultaneous transfers speed has become 5 times.

Secure FileZilla also supports other protocols like SFTP, FTPS and FTPES and is available for free for Windows, Mac OS and Linux, and can download it from your main website. In addition, this client is open source, so if we do not trust, we can review the source code without any problem.

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FTP stands for 'File Transfer Protocol', it is a file transfer protocol based on client-server architecture that allows us to share files over TCP connections regardless of operating system used on both ends. To establish the connection we need, as we have said, a server, which will be the...