“Why Does FTP Suck?”

September 02, 2015

If you’re doing anything even remotely related to web development — or if you’re just running your own website or blog — you’re probably familiar with the File Transfer Protocol. Regardless of whether this familiarity is voluntary or forced upon you by customers, legacy computer systems or incompetent hosting providers, I sincerely hope that you are aware of the costs of using FTP in this day and age. FTP is by far the most backwards and insecure protocol for transferring files, yet still it enjoys wide popularity due to it’s simplicity and availability. Speaking bluntly, FTP sucks and I wish for it to go away for the sake of everybody, and here’s why.