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Firefox Just Got an End-to-End Encrypted File Sharing Service

14 March 2019
Firefox Just Got an End-to-End Encrypted File Sharing Service

"We know there are several cloud sharing solutions out there, but as a continuation of our mission to bring you more private and safer choices, you can trust that your information is safe with Send", Nick Nguyen, Mozilla's VP of Firefox Product, said today.

To make use of the service, all you have to do is go to the Send website, throw in any number of files as you like, and a link will be generated.

Firefox Send is a new web-based secure file transfer service that allows users to upload and share multiple files with anyone.

Firefox Send is incredibly easy to use. Send also lets you configure auto-expiry settings for the link.

To protect the file with a password for an extra layer of security.

After you drag and drop and file (or select it through a popup box), you can choose to have the shareable link detonate after 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 20, 50, or 100 downloads, or after 5 minutes, 1 hour, 1 day, or 7 days (the default option).

Why it matters: Sending large files to others can be a tricky process sometimes. Still, Send shouldn't be trusted with the most sensitive types of data, such as files that might land a dissident or whistleblower in prison.

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.

Firefox Send is now available through the web portal, but Mozilla says that the service will be made available as an Android app in beta later this week. "So, it felt natural to graduate one of our popular Test Pilot experiments, Firefox Send, send.firefox.com".

Firefox Send is touted as an ideal way to share files with co-workers, and thus take the strain of company internet servers.