Firefox Maker’s New App Makes Secure File Sharing A Breeze – Forbes

Need to share a file with someone? You could just attach it to an email and fire it off, provided it’s not too large to send. Sharing big files requires a little extra effort, and making sure they’re shared securely can be tricky.

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Screenshot of Mozilla’s Send in action

That’s why Mozilla, the makers of the Firefox web browser, are working on a new app called Send. With Send, sharing a file as large as 1GB with family, friends, or colleagues is as easy as dragging, dropping, and sharing a link. Copy and paste that link into a message, fire it off, and your recipient can simply click through to download the file.

To keep things secure, Send encrypts the file before you upload it. It’s not decrypted until the person on the other end successfully downloads it. Send also only allows the file to be downloaded once. After that, only the original file on your computer and the copy on the recipient’s computer remains. No traces are left in the cloud.

The download link will disappear after 24 hours if it’s not clicked and the encrypted version of your file will be wiped from Mozilla’s servers. Mozilla also give you the chance to delete the file immediately in case you made a mistake.

One of the best things about Send is that you don’t have to be a Firefox user to take advantage of it. In typical Mozilla fashion, Send has been built around open standards. That means any browser that supports those standards should be able to Send files. I tested with Chrome and Opera and both worked just fine.

Send is an experimental web app for now, but its secure file sharing functionality could be integrated into Firefox in a future version. To try it out, head over to send.firefox.com.

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