THE MOZILLA FOUNDATION has announced a full rollout for Firefox Send, its service that allows users to share files of up to 2.5GB free of charge using just their browser.
Files sent this way are end-to-end encrypted and links can be set to expire so there's no risk to security. You can also add a password to the transfer.
Firefox Send can now handle larger files than ever before (the Test Pilot version could only handle 1GB at a time) and acts more like a syncing service, with no data being held in the cloud, similar to BitTorrent's Sync service (now called Resilio).
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.
Mozilla is also releasing a Firefox Send app for Android. It will be available in Beta later in the week.
Quoth Mozilla: "We know there are several cloud sharing solutions out there, but as a continuation of our mission to bring you more private and safer choices, you can trust that your information is safe with Send."
Firefox Send is touted as an ideal way to share files with co-workers, and thus take the strain of company internet servers. However, as with all file-sharing services, the easier the share, the more likely it will be used for casually passing copyrighted materials.
Given that the files are encrypted and aren't stored, however, it's going to be ruddy difficult for anyone to find out what you've sent anyway.
Whether Firefox Send turns out to be utopian information sharing dream or a dystopian copyright destroying nightmare remains to be seen, but there's little doubt that Mozilla has come up with something pretty revolutionary - just drag, drop and go. μ
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