The in-house development team at LetsHost have created a new plugin for the CPanel control panel that they are rolling out across over 250 webservers. The plug-in allows a user to Enable or Disable FTP access with a very simple on/off switch on their account. By default the FTP service is disabled. A user can enable FTP access by logging in to their hosting account via the LetsHost Customer Portal. Once logged in, the user selects the “FTP Access” option, and can then enable FTP access for their account. The user then has full access to upload or download files, provided valid FTP credentials are entered. Once finished, the user can then disable FTP access to protect their account from malicious access. The FTP locking system will automatically disable FTP access again at midnight, and the user can then opt to re-open access again as needed. The user can also opt-out of the security layer althogether if they have systems in place that use FTP on an ongoing basis (eg, for webcam uploads, etc). This bypasses the FTP locking system altogether and is not a recommended setting.
“FTP is a favourite tool used by hackers and this new feature will provide yet another layer of security to protect our customers valuable data”, said Graeme Conkie, Director of LetsHost. He continued, “It is one of our primary jobs to ensure secure, fast and reliable hosting services to our customers, and this new feature will provide another layer of security”.
The ability to completely disable FTP access, except when needed by the user, will ensure that attacks with viruses such as Gumblar are minimised, even if a user has chosen a weak password for their account.
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