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Dec 252009

Should I use Telnet and FTP for remote access?


In a word, No.

The problem with Telnet, FTP, and other non-encrypted protocols is that everything is sent across the network as plain text. This means that someone running a sniffing program on the network, which is very simple under many circumstances, can see all of your traffic - including your login and password.

Consider replacing Telnet and FTP with SSh.