Mozilla Firefox have decided to become more competitive when it comes to file sharing and is testing the waters with the Firefox Send application. In a bid to rival other file sharing apps on the market such as DropBox, Google Drive and MultCloud… Firefox Send gives users the ability to upload a file (no larger than 2GB in size) to a Firefox Send server where it can be downloaded by another person. Those infuriating permissions, rules, requirements and so forth are gone completely! For the security weary, the file can only be downloaded once from the server and it is automatically deleted once the file is downloaded. It is currently in the ‘experimenting’ phase at this time and will only fully launch if Firefox sees it as a viable entity to the opposition. So… Firefox Send may talk the talk but does it walk the walk? Let’s test it and find out!
Simply navigate to the Firefox Send website. An interesting note to make is that Firefox Send can be utilised on any web browser (we are testing it on Google Chrome) although it recommends to use Firefox to avoid any issues.
Click the button Select a file to upload. To minimise transfer problems, Firefox suggests to keep your file to under 1GB.
File explorer opens, we choose a random file that is about 1GB in size. Click Open.
The file is uploading and then…
Oh no! Something went wrong… we try to refresh the page and try again but it doesn’t seem to work. Shame!
We decide to hop on over to the Firefox browser and try again. Guess they were right about using their browser for a more reliable experience. Firefox Send is now verifying, encrypting then uploading our file to Firefox Send servers. The uploading of the file is dependent on the size and your internet’s connection speed. For us it took about 30 minutes for our 1.2GB file. Not spectacularly fast but at least it runs in the background and we are free to perform other computer tasks.
Once the file is uploaded, we are presented with a link that we can copy and send to the relevant person. We are advised that it will expire after 1 download or within 24 hours of upload.
For added security, we can set a password for anyone to access the file. To do this, we click the checkbox ‘Require a password to download this file’ and enter in a Password.
When we are done, we select the Add Password button.
Now we have a password setup for the file, we can highlight and copy it i.e. Ctrl + C or press Copy to Clipboard.
Send the link to the person you want to download the file. Remember, you can only download the file once and it can not be re downloaded using the same link.
The other person will end up at this page which is titled ‘Download Encrypted File. Since we setup a password, the user has to enter this in and press the Unlock button.
The user is taken to the Download page where they click Download.
The file is now downloading. The duration of download is again dependent on size and connection speed. Excellent!
If the user wants to re download the file, then they will have to request another link. Even if they try they receive the following error message.
From what we found is that the Firefox Send application does essentially carry out the job but we did run into an issue originally with our Google Chrome browser. After clearing our cache and retesting it, it appears the file uploading process worked so it may be a problem with our cookies or cache and not Firefox Send itself. Furthermore, we did test out the program on Microsoft Edge and Opera web browser without any problems either. Although, considering it is Firefox Send then we suppose it is preferable to operate the application in the Firefox Mozilla browser. Firefox Send is a free and easy to use alternative to the usual share file applications out there. There are no sign up with your account required and there is added security with configuration of a password and the file disappearing after 24 hours (or after one download).