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Mozilla's Firefox Send, a free encrypted file sharing service, graduated from test to official release on Tuesday after a year and half of refinement.
Available on the web at send.firefox.com and soon through an Android app, Send first appeared in August 2017 as a way to encrypt local files and store them on Mozilla's servers, provided by AWS, for retrieval with a one-time use URL.
URL - Browser - App - File - Recipient
The generated URL, displayed in the browser or app after the file has been locally encrypted and uploaded, is meant to be shared with the intended recipient of the file via email, instant messaging or other means.
Initially, Send supported files of up to 1GB, which it made available as downloads through the generated URL. And after one use, the link no longer functioned.
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The official release maintains the 1GB size limit but supports up to 2.5GB for users signed in to a free Firefox Account. It also expands the number of times the shared file can be downloaded.
Users can now select from a handful of possible times a link can be used – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 20, 50, 100. File availability is also limited by time, depending upon which preset menu value is selected – 5 minutes, 1 hour, 1 day, and 7 days. These settings, however, can be changed to arbitrary values in the loaded HTML for the page prior to submission using Chrome's Inspect option or Firefox's Inspect Element.
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"Send uses end-to-end encryption to keep your data secure from the moment you share to the moment your file is opened," said Nick Nguyen, Mozilla's VP of Firefox Product, in a blog post.
"It also offers security controls that you can set. 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."
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