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    Is it possible to use SSL for FTP uploads?

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    Sure, all modern FTP clients should support it. For example, in FileZilla you just need to use "Require explicit FTP over TLS" option instead of "Use plain FTP".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexander View Post
    Sure, all modern FTP clients should support it. For example, in FileZilla you just need to use "Require explicit FTP over TLS" option instead of "Use plain FTP".
    Why should we need to choose "Require explicit FTP over TLS" rather than plain FTP. can you explain more clearly.......

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    Hi Ken12cox,

    It is not required to use explicit FTP over TLS, however, you would be wise to do so.

    Regular FTP transmits your username and password over "plain text." This means that you can potentially expose your login details to the general public. This normally happens in public hot spots like an airport, coffee shop, or Internet cafe, but it can also happen if you have an unsecured WIFI connection or your neighbors have access to your WIFI ...as an example.

    Explicit FTP over TLS will encrypt your logins before transmission no matter what type of connection that you use.

    The only real reason to not use explicit FTP over TLS is if your FTP client does not support it. If that is the case, it is probably a good time to consider updating or upgrading the FTP application.
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    Thanks for your thought which is really I appreciate it.....

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    You are most welcome, let us know if you need anything else.
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    Thanks for elaborating your points Matt. I really didn't know by using plain FTP i can expose my login details to public. And we really don't know how secure our wifi connection is. I'll use TLS now!

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    Yes, it is possible to use SSL for FTP uploads. The FTP server supports either SSL or TLS protected sessions including client authentication.

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