Friday, May 10, 2019

Share Files Securely with Firefox Send

There are many options when it comes to sharing files online with others. One way to send a file to someone is by attaching it to an email message via Gmail (for example). However, most email clients have a limitation when it comes to file attachments. For example, in Gmail, the file limit is 25MB.

Another option is to upload the file to Google Drive and then share the link with the recipient(s). This is generally a good option, but it does have its own limitations.

There are several other ways to share files online, some of them are paid services that provide specific and premium features, but it can cost quite a bit to maintain a subscription for these kinds of file-sharing services. So I would like to introduce to you, Firefox Send.

What is Firefox Send?

Firefox Send is a free online service that allows you to share files easily and more importantly, securely with others. You can send files with up to 2.5GB of file size limit. If you don't have a Firefox account, you're limited to 1GB in terms of the file size limit. But, if you are logged into your Firefox account, your file size limit is increased to 2.5GB.

One of the useful features of Firefox Send is that you can set the uploaded file to self-destruct by setting an expiry date. Or limit the number of downloads, so after the limit has been reached, it will self-destruct. Additionally, you can also password-protect the downloads by setting a password. So when someone visits the download page, they will need a password to download the file.

How to Use Firefox Send to Share Files Online?

Sharing files via Firefox Send is simple and you can follow the steps below:

  • Step 1: Go to
  • Step 2: Upload your file(s) using the Upload button
  • Step 3: Set expiry date or number of downloads
  • Step 4: Password-protect the download (optional)
  • Step 5: Email the Download link to recipient(s)

Once you do so, the recipient clicks the download link and enters the password (if required) and then clicks the download button. If you're using Firefox as your browser and the file is too big, you may get a message indicating that the file is too big to decrypt. If you do encounter this message, you can use Google Chrome to download the file.

I find Firefox Send very useful with all the above mentioned features and the peace of mind to securely share files online with others. Uploading files is pretty fast, but if you're uploading a huge file, it could take a little while. You internet speed will also be a factor in terms of how fast the file upload takes. Hope you found this article useful, if so share it with others and if you have any questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments section.

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