Uploading files - Only file name transfers


I'm trying to upload files using an AT&T DSL connection. The filename transfers afer a LONG time, but the actual file does not.
Part 2 of this question: I've been told I need to have an SSL connection, but when I choose the SSL option from the drop down under "ADDRESS" I'm unable to connect to the remote server. When I choose "FTP" the connection works fine.