Wednesday, November 7, 2012

FTP upload for your photos

BlueMelon subscribers can now upload their photographs via FTP, a highly anticipated upload method.

For security reasons, we do not allow the FTP clients to use your primary BlueMelon credentials; instead, you must set up a separate FTP user account specifically for this purpose by going to "Control Panel" >> "FTP".

After logging into your FTP user account, you will see your albums listed as directories in the FTP root directory. The albums are listed by their titles in the alphabetical order. You are not presented with your BlueMelon category structure in your FTP directory, because FTP protocol recognizes only files and directories, and can not differentiate between albums and categories. Also, any albums created using FTP will be created in your root category.

Here is a list of what you can do with FTP :
  • Create new albums
  • Rename albums
  • Delete empty albums
  • Upload to any of your albums

We do not allow the deletion of albums that contain photographs, because we consider FTP to be an insecure protocol and we do not want our users to loose any photos in the event their FTP access data got compromised.

If you upload photographs directly to your FTP root directory, they will be available in a new album named "Incoming FTP".

Why is FTP considered an insecure  protocol and how can I minimize the security risks?

FTP - the File Transport Protocol - is a very old protocol designed in times when encryption was not used at all.

Transfers over FTP are not encrypted; neither your files nor username and password data.

How can I keep the use of FTP as secure as possible?

  • Use a password that you do not use anywhere else. This way, even if your FTP password gets into wrong hands, the possible damage is minimal.
  • Avoid using public computers or public Wifi  for FTP access.
  • If you plan not to use FTP upload for a longer period of time, disable your FTP account in the Control panel. Next time you will want to use FTP, you will just re-enable it with a single click.

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