why use ftp when scp and rsync are available?

July 21, 2013 2k views
I'm wondering what advantage, if any, an FTP client would offer to move files between a remote server and a computer when the same can be done with scp and rsync commands. Can you explain?
1 Answer
SCP and rsync authenticate using SSH. SSH is much more secure than FTP (FTP transfers usernames/passwords in plaintext!).

I recommend using SCP/rsync whenever you can and not use FTP at all.
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