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Tech Support Pits column from Dear Webby's Humor Letter of
05/30/05: FTP via browser
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Today a friend showed me how to use a browser to upload
files to my site. It worked just fine. However, afterward I
started to wonder about how safe and secure that is.
What's your opinion on that?
If it is just a family site with a picture of your dog and
your truck, then it's probably safe enough to use
occasionally, to for example correct a typo or add
Keep in mind that the browser stores the access in it's
history. Never combine the log-in info with the URL if you
are doing it from a cyber cafe or somebody else's machine.
FTP programs are small and it only takes a few seconds to
download a trial version of the program that you use at
home. After using it at somebody elses machine, you can
delete it and there is no record of your log-on info left
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