… if you have ssh properly setup (public-private-key-based-auth) then you can easily connect via sftp to your host and abandon ftp, which is prone to security problems.

E.g. with FileZilla sftp filezilla

to Disable vsftpd

service vsftpd stop; # sto vsftpd service

update-rc.d -f vsftpd remove; # disable vsftpd service (should also work in debian)

chkconfig vsftpd off; # disable vsftpd service (only works in redhat)

to install filezilla:

apt-get update;
apt-get install filezilla;