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FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol. An FTP Server is a web server used with FTP software to store computer files. It can be compared to a library where files are uploaded onto the server using FTP software and then downloaded to another computer using FTP. There are many public FTP servers where you can find files you are interested in and download them freely. However, you should be aware that some files contain viruses and if downloading them from public sources can put your system at risk. Some FTP Servers are private and have controlled access where you need a username and password to gain entrance. There are also secure file transfer technologies available such as FTPS and SFTP.