When browsing on a remote ftp server, changing file permissions in the file properties window does not execute a chmod command in the ftp console and does not make changes on the server.
- Connect to a local or remote FTP server (I used the built-in server on OS X)
- Expand the site in the Remote view
- Right-click on a file. Change the permissions to something different.
- Save the properties. Note that the file permissions do not change on the server.
Note that this does work with the SFTP protocol.