A Comparison of FTP and HTTP in Online File Exchanges

File Transfer Protocol is a method of transferring files from one computer to another in a network. To use this method of file exchange, users only need to drag and drop files from one location to another or input console commands. Highly convenient and efficient, this has become a popular choice among Internet users and business owners.

The advantages of FTP over HTTP in file transfer are batch file exchanges, that they can be accessed by aterminal (for Linux/Unix) or a command prompt (for Windows) and that they have the option to use Secure Socket Layer encryption to protect your files during exchange. You have the option to set file/folder permissions to deny access to other users. It also does fast file transfer because it is straightforward and designed for large file transfers. HTTP is slower because it has to perform several jobs like reading headers, detecting the user agent and other routines before it starts the transfer.

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