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Re: FTP-client for Windows, safety concerns


Johnny Billquist wrote:

Windows used to ship with an ftp client. Did they stop recently?
Mac OS X still have an ftp client in the basic system.
There is no need (as far as I know) to install some third party freeware ftp client. What was the problem?
Windows has its built-in FTP client in Explorer (not Internet Explorer) since Windows 2000. just type ftp://user@URL and it will nicely ask for your password and work perfectly for upload and download. It works reliably.

On Mac ftp will do the same and mount on your desktop however (at least, until 10.4.8) it is read-only. On Mac I use FTP client from the GAP project ( just because I happen to be the author and I trust my own code! (It may be full of bugs and limitations, but I know it doesn't steal my own passwords) and the same application runs on NetBSD with GNUstep.

However, on mac you have an excellent "ftp" CLI app, for those who do not fear and ncftp, which is really excellent, is either shipped or available for it too (depending on the Mac version).


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