We have since come a long way from when the first machines has made its way up to society industrializing everything that can be transformed from minimizing manual human labor to pretty much having the computers do all the work. Undeniably, technological updates and inventions definitely made everyday work a better place to live by.
With the rise of technology and computer during the early onset of 19th century, the need to be able to communicate with speed must also match with the modernization pace. When the realization of having to transmit soft files at speed slowly emerged, the invention of FTP Controls during the 1970s thus came along.
File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
File Transfer Protocol or FTP was created with the means the exchanging of files not only over a TCP/IP network (the language used by the Internet), but also with other networks and machines with the highest amount of flexibility possible. Think of it as an interactive tool for transferring files between a client and a service wherein they can have actual conversations without having to re-establish numerous connections.
For instance, a client who wants to extract a specific file from a folder will be prompted by the server to provide a username and password. When provided with the correct information, the server will then give access to the desired folder and extract the data as specified by the client.
Multiple Sequence Transactions
Unlike other protocols like HTTP etc., FTP is an interactive sequence transaction that allows users to make more than one transaction in a single command. Compared with others that can only make a single reply per command of client, other protocols makes unnecessary re-connections for a different or subsequent command. Basically, an FTP is a server that allows you to download public files or upload files using an authenticated email. However, it must be observed that the FTP server does not guarantee a 100% accurate file download simply because the protocol cannot transfer all desired files at the same time due to its limitation of size.
Using anonymous FTP Controls
By default, an FTP server will always ask for a username and password before a client can access the service. Despite the convenience the service provides, many users are opting to access FTP servers with a private setting. This is mainly to protect themselves against hackers trying to get personal information from them, or from getting unsolicited bulk emails, and others as such. For users to be able to hide themselves, they do anonymous FTP in order to rule out unwanted solicitors trying to gain access with their records.
Basically, an anonymous FTP does not need to identity themselves with authentic emails; what they would do instead is to enter a fictitious username and password to gain entry with the server. In general, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org are accepted with servers. Passwords can be anything as long as it is with one or more characters. This way, a user can freely download and upload files with their hearts content with the convenience of not having any of their personal records or information getting disclosed unknowingly.