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What is FTP?

Please note that FTP is an insecure protocol. Your password is transmitted in plain text whenever connecting or transferring files via FTP. If you have a Linux package with SSH access, it is suggested to transfer your files using SFTP instead. If you have a Windows Webhosting package, consider using the FTPS protocol instead.

FTP is an acronym for File Transfer Protocol. FTP is the service or protocol that allows you to connect to the webspace of your webhosting package for the sole purpose of managing your files, folders and permissions. There are many FTP programs (or clients) that you can use to connect to your webspace and transfer files, create folders, etc. While you are able to access your webspace via FTP using a browser like Internet Exlporer, it is highly recommended to use an FTP program instead. There are many free FTP programs available for download and you are able to accomplish much more than you would through just an Internet browser.

Below are some free FTP programs available for download:

FileZilla (works on Mac)
CoreFTP Lite
WinSCP
Cyberduck (works on Mac)
Macfusion (Mac only)

Each 1&1 Webhosting account comes with one FTP username that you can use to connect to your webspace. You can find the default FTP username in your 1&1 Control Panel and change the password there if necessary. Some 1&1 Webhosting accounts can also create additional FTP users.

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