Here’s the problem. You want to send a file to someone but it’s a big file and email just won’t do the job. If you’re tech savvy, you could upload the file via sFTP, WebDAV, or even SSH, create a link, share the link.
That still leaves problems as the file is accessible until you delete it. Apple’s Mail Drop to the rescue with a way to send up to 5GB of files to iCloud via Mail which recipients can download. The problem, of course, is that email has legs and isn’t exactly a secure transfer medium. Firefox to the rescue.
The Test Pilot
Sending files from here to there isn’t the issue as there are many solutions. Sending files with the fewest clicks and making sure they are only downloaded by the person you sent the file to is the big issue.
Firefox-the-Browser has a new way. It’s free, fast, and easy to use. It’s called Send; something of a web-based experiment by Mozilla.
How easy is this?
The trick here is what Mozilla does to the file you upload. Leaving files on a server somewhere can be a major security problem, but there is a simple solution with Send.
Send lets you upload and encrypt large files (up to 1GB) to share online. When you upload a file, Send creates a link to pass along to whoever you want. Each link created by Send will expire after 1 download or 24 hours, and all sent files will be automatically deleted from the Send server.
Once the file is uploaded you receive a link from within the browser window. Copy and share the link wherever needed. You can choose to store the file online for 24 hours or have it deleted after a single download.
What’s happening during the process?
When you use Send, Mozilla receives an encrypted copy of the file you upload, and basic information about the file, such as filename and file size. Mozilla does not have the ability to access the content of your encrypted file, and only keeps it for the time or number of downloads indicated.
The file is encrypted, then sent, then linked to, then downloaded, and unencrypted. That’s a nice way to make sure you keep using Firefox, right?
Send the download link to whomever and they can use Firefox to find the file, download it, and have it unencrypted and ready for use.
What’s not to like?
Mozilla does track some information so if you’re trying to avoid law enforcement authorities or hacker gang members, maybe you need another tool. But if you need to transfer a massive file or collection of files, this is about as easy as you can get and still get close to a secret method.