From Monday 15th February the FPT lock feature will be active on all hosting accounts.
Over the last year there has been a substantial increase in the number of sites on the internet that have been hacked due to viruses that steal FTP credentials from user’s home computers. The hackers then use these credentials to insert hidden code within your website.
Please see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gumblar for more information on this type of attack.
The solution is to lock FTP when it’s not in use, making it extremely difficult for the hackers to infect your site via this route.
To unlock FTP, customers will simply log into their control panel and click one button to unlock FTP for a period of time. FTP will then automatically lock again after the time period has expired.
Customers will also be able to nominate an IP address that has permanent FTP access, customers FTPing from that IP address will not have to unlock FTP. Resellers will also be able to add an IP which will give them access to all their FTP accounts without having to unlock. Nor will you have to unlock FTP if you use the File Manager within the control panel.
These security measures will ensure that the majority of sites have FTP locked, greatly reducing the risk of having your websites infected.