Firefox Send - Self-destructing file sharing service

Ceria Alfonso
Marcha 13, 2019

Formerly a Firefox Test Pilot experiment, Send lets you "safely and simply" share files from any browser, according to Mozilla Product Strategist Nick Nguyen. However, Mozilla said it was motivated to mingle in the file sharing space so it could offer users a "more private and safer" choice. It also gives you control over how the files are treated, allowing you to set the file link to expire, limit the number of downloads, and set a password for the recipient to enter before being allowed to download the files you share. Many messaging platforms have built-in file transfer services, but they typically limit the maximum size of data transfers quite a bit; Discord limits file transfers to around 8MB, for example.

Firefox Send is a free service (for now), so you have nothing to lose by giving it a try.

This week, the folks at Mozilla launched a neat new service called Firefox Send, which makes it easy to send larger files using end-to-end encryption at no cost. Anyone can upload files up to 1GB in size, but users will need an account before they can upload files between 1GB and 2.5GB. "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". Firefox Send now allows links to remain for as long as 7 days or 100 downloads.

Firefox Send - Self-destructing file sharing service
Firefox Send - Self-destructing file sharing service

Firefox Send is free for anyone to use.

Users' files are first encrypted in the browser and then stored in the cloud, so Mozilla will have to pay for both the bandwidth and the storage of those files.

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