Mozilla releases Firefox Send, a free encrypted file transfer service

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Send allows you to send up to 1GB of encrypted data directly to another person by simply dragging and dropping files onto the page. When you upload files to the website, you can choose a password and you can choose to have downloads expire either after X days or after X downloads - for example - you can upload a set of files to be available for download only for 7 days.

One of the differences is that Firefox Send doesn't have any paid tiers-it's completely free, whether you send up to a 1GB file or log into your account to send up to a 2.5GB file. Mozilla has been working on a free tool called "Firefox Send" for some time now, and it should help to alleviate the situation when required.

After you click the "Select files to upload button", you pick the file you want to send from your local machine. If you are logged into a Firefox account, you can share files of up to 2.5GB and enable a limit of up to 100 downloads. For those seeking extra privacy, shared files can also be locked with a passphrase.

Why it matters: Sending large files to others can be a tricky process sometimes.

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Mozilla's offering is hardly innovative, but it's easy to use and feels less cumbersome than other services. Still, Send shouldn't be trusted with the most sensitive types of data, such as files that might land a dissident or whistleblower in prison.

Additionally, Mozilla is making Firefox Send available as a standalone app on Android, though that will remain a beta product for now.

"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. "Since nothing lingers in the cloud, your personal information stays private", Mozilla said in an Firefox Send explanatory video.

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