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OFFLIST Re: TECH: info on ftp

From:David J. Peterson <dedalvs@...>
Date:Wednesday, August 27, 2008, 8:20
Hey Sai,

One thing to mind is that FTP, unless you're doing something
advanced, sends
passwords and content in the clear over the internet. This means that
between the two computers involved can read any of that data,
including the
username/password. So don't use it for anything sensitive, and never
use the same password for FTP as you use for anything else... 'cause the
first thing someone malicious would try would be to reuse that same
user/pass on other sites (e.g. web mail services).

So, I read this, and immediately thought: WHAT?!  So, take
my personal website:

I use an FTP program to update (upload stuff, etc.).  (The program
is called Transmit, by the way.  It's for Mac and wonderful, but
it costs money to register [but if you don't register it, you can
still use it for 10 minutes at a time].)  But, what exactly does this
mean?  Does this mean, essentially, that anyone that navigates
to my site or downloads something off it can access my password
and username?  Or is this a different type of FTP transfer that
you're talking about?

"A male love inevivi i'ala'i oku i ue pokulu'ume o heki a."
"No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn."

-Jim Morrison


Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>