Mozilla has temporarily closed Firefox Send, its free file sharing service launched last year. This sudden suspension follows questions from...
Mozilla has temporarily closed Firefox Send, its free file sharing service launched last year. This sudden suspension follows questions from ZDNet about malicious use of the service.
According to the media, FirefoxSend is increasingly being used to host and share all kinds of malware, from ransomware to spyware and trojans.
Several elements make Mozilla's service a platform conducive to the spread of malware: the service is free and without registration (up to 1 GB, and if you want to share larger files, you have to log in with your Firefox account); Firefox Send links are not blocked by security software; and there is no way to report dangerous files.
Mozilla has told ZDNetthat upon its return Firefox Send will have a feature for reporting abuse and that it will require logging in with a Firefox account in all cases.
Firefox Send alternative
In the same market, the French service Smash recently released a Mac application that makes it easier to send files from your computer. All you have to do is drag the file onto the app icon in the menu bar and it will be sent. Once the transfer is done, you have a link to share it with whoever you want. Sharing via the Mac application does not require registration or even an email address.
Smash does not impose a size limit (but above 2 GB, the uploads are non-priority) and the transfers are kept for a maximum of 14 days. The service offers a paying offer which allows you to personalize the transfers more widely, to keep them for up to a year and to have priority treatment for large files. Pro users can connect to the Mac app. Smash also has an iOS application.