FTP (File Transfer Protocol) has been around since before the internet, back when companies relied on cables and network protocols to connect their computers. Since then, little has changed about FTP other than how it is connected through the internet. Yet, some companies still use the outdated FTP solutions to exchange files between their network connections, leaving them open to major cybersecurity and file transfer performance issues.

FTP is a client-server protocol that uses two channels to connect clients and the server – a command channel and a data channel. At its simplest, users can work with FTP using a simple command line interface like DoS or a basic GUI. However, FTP does not encrypt traffic. Other users can capture packets and read their data to steal usernames, passwords, and other user information. FTP is also vulnerable to spoofing, bouncing, DDoS, and other common network security attacks.

Since FTP has been around, many other protocols have come out with the functionality and security features that FTP lacked. SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol) is an alternative to FTP that uses secure shell (SSH) encryption to protect its data. FTPS (File Transfer Protocol Secure) is an extension to FTP that adds some transport layer security to encrypt file transfers. HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) is the driving protocol for websites to launch their pages. While these extensions of FTP do offer some improvement, they cost a lot of time and money when companies need to scale them to new technology needs.

Signiant offers Media Shuttle as a complete FTP alternative. Media Shuttle is the easiest way to send any size files anywhere, no matter the size. Modern companies are realizing the importance of scalable file transfer speed and security, especially those with files that are moving all around the world. It is especially important to companies in industries like media and entertainment where data file sizes can get tremendous.

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