FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol, and it provides a way for you
to upload or download files from an FTP server. When you use an FTP
client (program) to log on to an FTP server, you will see the server's
folders to which you have access. These are just like the folders on
your own computer and depending on whether the server lets you, you
can copy/move/delete/rename files to and from there just as you would
with folders on your own hard drive.|
There are two basic types of FTP access: anonymous and user-based. Most public FTP servers allow anonymous access; that is, you do not have to know a password to use them but you will usually not be allowed to alter files--you can only download them. When you log onto an anonymous FTP server, use "anonymous" as the login ID and your e-mail address as your password. Your web browser automatically does this whenever you download files from an FTP site with it; however, web browsers do not offer full FTP functionality which is why the FTP clients listed below are useful. Most of these are shareware.