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How do I set up a closed user group FTP area for my clients? (2 posts)
- Started 9 years ago by Nikolai
- Latest reply 9 years ago from Jim Matthews
Apologies in advance for any basic ignorance that follows... I'm a Fetch user, and I live in the UK (BTconnect is my broadband supplier and I use Dreamweaver for building my web site). I'm trying to set up a closed user group (i.e. restricted access) area so that our clients can FTP files into this area, and we can post them for clients to download - all without compromising the security on our site pages (the only place we can upload files on our BTConnect site is to a single folder that contains our website too). Can anyone help with details of how to go about this? BTConnect can't tell me how to do it! Thanks in advance. Nikolai
Jim Matthews Administrator
It sounds like BTConnect does not support anonymous FTP access to your account; that is what you would use to let people upload files to you. I can't think of any way to work around that limitation without BTConnect's assistance.
The other part of your question had to do with providing secure access to files on your site. One way to do that is to encrypt the files before you upload them (using DropStuff or StuffIt Deluxe), and send the password to the client. In that situation anyone can download the file, but only the client will be able to decrypt it. Another approach is to restrict access to a folder on your web site using the web server's security features. For example, if the web server is Apache, you would use .htaccess files. You would want to get more specific instructions from BTConnect, since the approach you use will be particular to the sort of web server they are running.
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