Chapter 17. Secure File Transfer


In the early days of the Internet, one of the really cool things about it was the capability to transfer files and programs from one computer to another. Using the File Transfer Protocol (FTP), anyone with a modem could connect with and download massive repositories of text files, shareware and freeware applications. People still use FTP all the time, although it is often obscured through the many graphical FTP clients. As you learned in Chapter 3, “Installing openSUSE,” you can even install openSUSE Linux with the help of FTP.

FTP’s ease of use comes with a hidden price, however. FTP is not a secure protocol. Virus-laden ...

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