25 March 2019
Mozilla is primarily known for its Firefox web browser but also has a bunch of different products and services under its umbrella. It has now announced Firefox Send as the newest addition to the list. It is an online service aimed at making file sharing faster and more convenient while making sure that privacy and security do not get compromised.
Firefox Send allows anyone to share files up to 1GB in size using any web browser. The size limit can be increased to 2.5GB by logging into one's Firefox account. One simply needs to visit the official website (https://send.firefox.com/) and upload file(s) he wants to share. For selected files, one can set the number of days or downloads (or both) after which they will get deleted automatically.
It supports sharing multiple files (up to 100) in one go which is definitely convenient. One of the best parts about the service is undoubtedly the size limit which is way more than any email service out there. As for cloud services, they do support higher file sizes but they require you to create an account and store files first. With Firefox Send, you neither need to have an account nor have to store files on the cloud.
Mozilla says that all the files get encrypted from the moment the user starts uploading them. This is to ensure privacy and security and since it is encrypted, even Firefox workers do not have an idea of what the user is uploading. Additionally, a user can choose to add a password to the files after uploading them. Once the files are uploaded, it gives a unique URL to share with the potential recipients. They can download those files directly by visiting the URL with no need of having a Firefox account. It is as simple and straight forward as clicking the download button.
Firefox Send is currently available only via web browsers but an Android app beta will be released later this week. It is undoubtedly a good service which does what it says with no annoyance whatsoever. But still, we would recommend not to share anything highly sensitive using the service.