FTP, or File Transfer Protocol, is a program that allows users to log into a remote server and transfer copies of files to their computer for free. Most commonly used browsers will automatically access FTP sites for downloads. Users can quickly download programs, pictures, and text to their computer by using FTP. Specific FTP programs will allow for large downloads and for multiple file downloads, and also allow users to upload files to FTP sites that permit this. The program transfers files all over the Internet. Files are normally compressed to save storage space and transfer time. Programs such as PKZIP and L-HARC shrink the amount of space a file or group of files occupies. Once the compressed file reaches the user's computer, it must be uncompressed in order to use it. For more information on FTP, please contact your local Internet service provider.
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