The File Transfer Protocol is one of the oldest network utilities operating over the Internet. It is the standard application for transferring files between two computers over a network. The sender of the file is called the server and the receiver is called the client. In regular FTP operation, the client requests a file and sends an address to which the server then connects. Firewalls block all incoming connection requests and so they often make standard FTP difficult to use. Passive FTP uses the initial connection requested by the client to send back data. Therefore it is not an incoming connection and so is allowed by security software. Google Chrome can operate with passive FTP with a few adjustments to its network settings.
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Click on the three horizontal lines icon at the top right of Chrome. Select “Settings” from the drop-down menu. A new browser tab opens with the “Settings” for Chrome available for adjustment.
Scroll down in the “Settings” page to the “Show advanced settings” link. Click on that link to see more options. Scroll down further through the extra options to find a section entitled “Network.” Click on the “Change proxy settings” button in this section. This opens a new window called “Internet Properties.”
Click on the “Advanced” tab at the top of the “Internet Properties” window. Scroll down to the “Browsing section and uncheck a box that says “Enable FTP folder view (outside of Internet Explorer).” Scroll down further to find “Use Passive FTP (for firewall and DSL modem compatibility)." Make sure this box is checked.
Press the “Apply” button in the “Internet Properties” window and then press the “OK” button to close the window. Close down Chrome and restart it to make sure the new settings take effect. Your Google Chrome browser will now use passive FTP to download files from remote sites.
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