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How To Use Filezilla – Filezilla How To

Today, I would like to introduce a great free FTP client – Filezilla. It is one of the famous File Transfer Protocol (FTP) tool to transfer or download files from website to other location. I changed to use File Zilla because my hosting company – recently switching the configuration of their servers to require TLS when connecting to the FTP server to increase the security of their servers. Previously, I was using another FTP client – ALFTP to transfer the files but ALFTP client does not support FTPES type (FTP over explicit TLS/SSL)

FilZilla Client is a fast and reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features and an intuitive graphical user interface.
Among others, the features of FileZilla include the following:

* Easy to use
* Supports FTP, FTP over SSL/TLS (FTPS) and SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP)
* IPv6 support
* Available in many languages
* Supports resume and transfer of large files greater than 4GB
* Powerful Site Manager and transfer queue
* Bookmarks
* Drag & drop support
* Configurable transfer speed limits
* Filename filters
* Network configuration wizard
* Remote file editing
* Keep-alive
* HTTP/1.1, SOCKS5 and FTP-Proxy support
* Logging to file

How To Use Filezilla To Transfer Files

Just follow the below simple steps and you are good to use Filezilla as your free FTP solution.

1. Download latest Filezilla version from Filezilla homepage

2. Install the Filezilla and click on File and select Site Manager.  This will bring up the Site Manager dialog box.

3. Click on New Site to add your account to FileZilla’s site manager. You will want to select the option for FTPES – FTP over explicit TLS/SSL.

What Is  FTPES

FTPeS is short for FTP over explicit TLS/SSL. TLS and SSL is a means of encrypting data, using a public/private key combination set. This is the same technology that is used to bring secure web browsing (HTTPS) on the web. Note that when you go to purchase an item from a website on the Internet, when you check out most of the time you are taken to a secure website, noted by the HTTPS in the browser’s location bar and by the padlock icon in the bottom status bar of your browser. FTPeS is basically the same thing. FTPeS using the same type of technology to encrypt your login credentials as you log into the FTP server. This prevents anything that might be listening on your connection from reading your username and password. Regular FTP will pass this information across your connection in plain text, so if someone was sniffing your connection, they could easily attain your username and password.

Change LogonType to Ask For Password

Using Ask For Password does not store your account’s password in the Site Manager. Instead you will have to type in your password every time you connect. The reason for this, is that there have been some viruses and trojans in the past that users have gotten on their computers. These trojans/viruses scan your computer for valid username and passwords and many times it will look in the data storage areas for popular FTP Site Managers. Storing your password here means that you would be vulnerable to attack from this method. If hackers or malicious users gain access to your account’s username and password, then your account can be compromised.

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