Mozilla has rolled out a new way to share files with other people online. It’s called Firefox Send, and it allows anyone, regardless of the browser they’re using, to send files. As a bonus, the files are encrypted, and can be set to expire.
Firefox Send isn’t completely new. We first heard about it in August 2017 when it was one of a trio of experiments conducted as part of Mozilla’s Test Pilot program. But now, after 18 months of testing, Firefox Send is available to everyone.
How to Use Firefox Send
As detailed on the Mozilla Blog, Firefox Send lets you send files up to 1GB in size. This is bumped to 2.5GB if you sign up for a (free) Firefox account. Despite the name, Firefox Send works with any web browser. All you need to do is visit send.firefox.com.
Once you land on the site, you simply drag and drop the files you want to send or select the files from your device. You can then set the files to expire after a certain length of time or number of downloads. You can also protect the files with a password.
Once you’re happy with the files you want to send, click Upload. You’re then given a download link to copy, which you can share with your chosen recipients any way you want. Whether your files are password-protected or not, they’re end-to-end encrypted.
Anyone you send the link to just needs to click on it. They will then be whisked to Firefox Send, where they can click Download to download the file(s). It’s simple, effective, and intuitive enough that it could even be used to send files to non-tech types.
Err on the Side of Caution
Mozilla is also one of the more trustworthy companies out there, with its Private by Design philosophy and promise to keep your data private and secure. However, we would still recommend erring on the side of caution when sending sensitive files.
There are, of course, plenty of other ways to share files online. You can send a file via email, or a cloud storage service such as Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive. However, Firefox Send makes the process so simple it’s hard not to be impressed by it.