Firefox Send is a Free, Encrypted File Transfer Service from Mozilla

Alfred Osborne
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.

Files sent this way are end-to-end encrypted and links can be set to expire so there's no risk to security. You can set the link to expire after a set number of downloads, or after a certain period of time.

One of the differences is that Firefox Send doesn't have any paid tiers-it's completely free, whether you send up to a 1GB file or log into your account to send up to a 2.5GB file.

Files on Firefox Send are ephemeral. The maximum for both being 100 downloads and seven days, respectively. "If you choose a download cap, the file can be deleted from out server sooner".

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Transfers of 1GB will require you to register for a Firefox account but don't worry, that's free and you don't need to have Firefox as your default browser.

This means Mozilla won't hold onto large files indefinitely like other file storage services, such as Google Drive or Dropbox, do. 'Sending files over the internet is something many of us do everyday. Plus, Send encrypts files on the client side, so that not even Mozilla can read them. 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. Unlike other file hosting services, there is now no paid options. There's never any guarantee that a Test Pilot will result in a final product launch, but Firefox Send has apparently proven popular enough to graduate to a full commercial release.

Mozilla also shared that Firefox Send will be available as an Android app in beta later this week.

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