Mozilla Unveils Firefox Send, a Free Encrypted Filesharing Tool


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There are plenty of apps out there that let you share and send large files. Not all of them are designed from the ground up to respect their users’ privacy.

That’s why Mozilla built Firefox Send. It’s a standalone service that lets you share files up to 2.5GB in size with whoever you want — and like other Mozilla products it does what it does while keeping your personal data secure.

It’s super easy to use. Just point your web browser to send.firefox.com and select or drag and drop a file to upload. You can choose to protect your precious digital cargo with a password and set it to expire after a certain number of downloads.

Files are hosted in Amazon’s S3 cloud, which could be seen as a privacy risk. Firefox Send deals with that by encrypting them during the upload process. Once the upload process is complete, Firefox Send provides you with a secure link that you can share with whoever you like.

You can upload files as large a 1GB without creating an account. Signing up for a Mozilla account (or signing in with your existing account) allows you to take full advantage of the 2.5GB cap.

Mozilla is all about standards, so naturally the person on the other end doesn’t have to run Firefox to use Firefox send. As long as his or her browser supports the Web Cryptography JavaScript API and AES-GCM encryption they’re good to go.

Sorry, Internet Explorer users, you’re no invited to this particular party. You really shouldn’t be using IE anyway… even Microsoft says so. Edge is a much better browser and it works just fine with Firefox Send.

Those of you who are inclined to take a peek under the hood can head over to GitHub and check out what makes Firefox Send tick.

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