File Transfer Protocol (FTP), the standard network protocol used to copy a file from one host to another over a TCP-based network, is 40 years old today. It was originally written by Abhay Bhushan as the RFC 114 specification on April 16, 1971.
Do I still use it today? A decade ago, it was all rave for me, upping all my GIFs, HTML pages, CGI scripts, etc to my personal website's host via FTP. Oh well, in the age of Facebook and Twitter, many wouldn't really care about how to access and download from FTPs.
I'm not a server expert but I understand that using plain FTP in the open today is overkill due to security reasons. A decade ago the issue didn't seem that imminent but now SFTP or SSH must be used instead.
I use FTP to update a small file repository I use when linking stuff online.
I also routinely use FTP when updating or modifying my Dreambox satellite receiver.
I can recommend WinSCP for usage with FTP transfers, it is free and also (obviously) supports the secure SSH file transfer mode SCP which is obviously preferred over FTP for security reasons...