Mozilla's Firefox Send Encrypted File-Transfer Service Exits Beta on Desktop

Isaac Cain
March 14, 2019

The new service allows anyone to drag, drop, and share files as big as 1GB, without needing to log in or register for an account.

Firefox Send uses end-to-end encryption, i.e. the files you choose to upload are encrypted before they're uploaded to the website.

First unveiled back in August 2017 as a Test Pilot programme, Firefox Send was created to make it as simple as possible to share files with friends and colleagues. You can set the files to expire after a certain period or auto-delete itself as soon as the recipient finishes downloading the file.

Files that are sent using Send are end-to-end encrypted which means your data is secure from the moment you send it to the moment it's opened.

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Mozilla has its own free online file-sharing service and it is now available to everyone. The recipient doesn't need a Firefox account to access your file.

To protect the file with a password for an extra layer of security. Mozilla makes it easy to keep your files safe, ' claimed Mozilla's Nick Nguyen at the time. And it also uses the Web crypto programming interface, which is one of the better-tested ways Internet applications can perform cryptographic operations without having access to decryption keys. Plus, Send encrypts files on the client side, so that not even Mozilla can read them.

Firefox Send is now available through the send.firefox.com web portal, but Mozilla said the service would also be available as an Android app in beta later this week. "Since nothing lingers in the cloud, your personal information stays private", Mozilla said in an Firefox Send explanatory video. "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".

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