Firefox Launches 'Send,' a Free, Encrypted File Transfer Service

Yolanda Curtis
March 14, 2019

Mozilla today announced the formal launch of Firefox Send, a file-sharing service that got its start as one of the organization's "Test Pilot" experiments. Though the latter no longer exists, Firefox Send has blossomed into an end-to-end encrypted file transfer service enabling anyone to send files up to 2.5GB in size. For example, you can choose when your file link expires, the number of downloads, and enable an optional password.

Firefox Send is a new web-based secure file transfer service that allows users to upload and share multiple files with anyone. "As with all Firefox apps and services, Send is Private By Design, meaning all of your files are protected, and we stand by our mission to handle your data privately and securely". The maximum for both being 100 downloads and seven days, respectively. Plus, Send encrypts files on the client side, so that not even Mozilla can read them. The recipient doesn't need a Firefox account to access your file. There are no pop-ups or advertisements, like those often found on other file uploading websites, weighing the service down either.

After you click the "Select files to upload button", you pick the file you want to send from your local machine. This concept is in vogue right now; Snapchat-like impermanence was also mentioned by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as a core tenet for privacy and security in that company's stated future plans.

Now, you're probably asking, "why can't I just send my files through email or a cloud storage service like Google Drive?".

Firefox Send, which will also be available as an Android app, illustrates one of Mozilla's efforts to diversify beyond the Firefox browser. Despite the branding, Firefox Send works with any browser.

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