Mozilla launches Firefox Send, a free, encrypted file-sharing service

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Mozilla is framing Firefox Send as an alternative to email, whose servers often have harsh file-size restrictions, and Google Drive or Dropbox, which offer collaboration tools and other features that aren't necessary when you just need to get one file to a friend, family member, or colleague quickly and easily. You can choose when your file link expires, the number of downloads, and whether to add an optional password for an extra layer of security. You can send files up to 2.5GB using this service.

Firefox Send has been available as a "Test Pilot" experiment since August 2017, but it took Mozilla some time to iron out all the kinks and ensure that the service will work for more than a handful of people at a time. Currently, the service forces users to pick both a timeframe and a download limit and the file link will expire after whichever comes first. However, as with all file-sharing services, the easier the share, the more likely it will be used for casually passing copyrighted materials.

"Mozilla receives an encrypted copy of the file you upload but we can not access the content or the name of your encrypted file", the organization explains in the service's Privacy Notice.

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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 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.

Mozilla is also releasing a Firefox Send app for Android.

A number of online file transfer services exist, such as WeTransfer, but Mozilla is offering its product with a twist: it's focused on privacy. "Since nothing lingers in the cloud, your personal information stays private", Mozilla said in an Firefox Send explanatory video.

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