Anonymous FTP Access Set Up and Requirements
Anonymous FTP access allows anyone to access your public_ftp folder, allowing unidentified visitors to download (and possibly upload) files on your website. Anonymous FTP creates the potential for a security hole for hackers and is not recommended.
Configuring Anonymous FTP
We strongly recommend creating FTP accounts that require a user name and password for a person to upload and download files on your website; however, if you still wish to proceed, you may set up anonymous FTP access by following the steps below:
- Log into cPanel.
- In the Files section, click the Anonymous FTP icon.
- Under Anonymous FTP, select both checkboxes for actions you wish to allow through anonymous FTP. Please see the example below.
Allow anonymous access to “ftp://ftp.example.com.”
Allow anonymous uploads to “ftp://ftp.example.com/incoming.”
- Click Save Settings.
How to Log into Anonymous FTP
There are two ways to log into anonymous FTP.
- This type of anonymous FTP requires a Dedicated IP address.
- The truly anonymous login requires the user name anonymous and any password which consists of one or more characters. This gives access to your public_ftp folder.
- For Business and Reseller plans, this type of anonymous FTP users can view and download files. For VPS and Dedicated plans, users can view, edit, download, and upload files.
- This type of anonymous FTP does not require a dedicated IP address.
- The anonymous user names created by default are email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. Both user names accept any password which consists of one or more characters.
- This type of user is allowed anonymous access to the public_ftp folder and can also upload to the public_ftp/incoming folder.