A Beginner’s Guide to FTP File Permissions

FTP file permissions are more easily understood when you divide the term into two concepts.

FTP stands for file transfer protocol, and this refers to programs or systems that are made up of very specific rules and commands which identify the ways you may or may not send or receive files. In most cases, this system can be accessed, managed, and utilized online although there are also file transfer protocol programs that only operate within a given local area network (LAN).

File permissions, on the other hand, are rules that the account owner or administrator sets to determine who gets what kind of access to which folders.

The type of restrictions you can set will depend on the range of features or services that your preferred data hosting and management provider can offer.

For starters, some systems allow account administrators to create sub-user accounts to enable other parties to access their data. These accounts may have variable limits, depending on the administrator’s preferences.

One sub-account, for instance, may only access a certain group of folders. Another sub-account may only add or download data but will not be allowed to edit or delete them. Yet another sub-account could only stay online for thirty minutes a day before his account gets automatically logged out for the whole day.

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