FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol, and it is one of the oldest established protocols used in the creation of the internet and later on the world wide web.
FTP has been used before the introduction of browsers as we know them. It was used through the UNIX shell of the user's terminal. Today for most of the users, FTP is using two distinct methods: FTP Clientsand FTP via browsers.
FTP is used for transferring files between a local computer and a computer on a network or a web server. This is the most efficient way for updating material on websites, upload big files, documents etc.
Every website can have an FTP address that is accessible through any browser. This allows easy access but limited functions for transferring files between a computer and a server.
The FTP access through a browser will leave the same browsing records as any visit to any website.
The other alternative is the use of an FTP client, a piece of software that logs in to the remote computer and through it you can upload or download files with the same ease that you are copying or moving files with Windows Explorer.
There are several FTP clients, many of which are free. FileZilla is one of the most downloaded pieces of software according to SourceForge.
Recovering FTP activity, records of uploaded and downloaded files, account names (and often even passwords), is important to many digital investigation. Strathclyde Forensics can provide you with the expertise and technology required to recover such records, place them in a timeline (so that it will be clear how events occur) and then produce a forensic report with evidence that stands the scrutiny of any court.