Web hosts give their customers FTP access to easily upload website content, images etc. to the server.
But the downside of FTP is that it is vulnerable to brute force attacks (where hackers try logging in with thousands of password combinations, and FTP allows access).
To prevent this, most Web Hosts secure their FTP servers with measures such as blocking unknown incoming FTP connections, allowing FTP only on predefined server ports etc.
However, these restrictions can cause FileZilla Etimedout errors even for a legitimate FTP user. (more…)