What does FTP mean?

FTP, which stands for File Transfer Protocol, is a standard network protocol used for transferring files between a client and a server on a computer network. FTP provides a straightforward method for uploading and downloading files and directories.

FTP clients connect to FTP servers using authentication credentials, allowing users to access and manipulate files on remote servers. FTP is commonly used for website maintenance, software distribution, and file sharing.

While FTP is widely used, it lacks encryption and security features, making it less secure than modern alternatives like SFTP (Secure FTP) and FTPS (FTP Secure).