Mozilla will close Firefox Send and Firefox Notes. Firefox Send is a free encrypted file sharing service, but it was taken offline in July after Mozilla discovered that it was used to spread malware and conduct spear-phishing attacks. Now, the company decided to disable the service. At the same time, Firefox Notes is an encrypted data synchronization service, and Mozilla will also terminate the service. Both services are part of the Firefox Test Pilot program.
Mozilla announced in a blog post that Firefox Send and Firefox Notes will be discontinued and no longer belong to the Mozilla product family.
Firefox Send was launched in March 2019, but because Mozilla has become a tool for some people to deliver malware and conduct phishing attacks, they had to take it offline. At the time, the company had stated that the service would only be temporarily unavailable due to its commitment to product improvement. However, Mozilla stated in its blog that it weighed the cost of “overall product portfolio and strategic focus” and decided not to restart Firefox Send. Since the service is already offline, Mozilla said it will not make major changes.
Users will no longer be able to upload or receive files from Firefox Send. However, the support page of the service states that files shared from the computer or device will still be available on the device and have not been moved or changed. The company ensures that the files have been wiped from its servers.
Firefox Notes is developed under the Firefox Test Pilot program and can be used as a tool to test new methods of encrypted data synchronization. Mozilla will deactivate the Android Notes application and synchronization service in early November. However, the Firefox Notes desktop browser extension will still be available for existing installations, but Mozilla will no longer maintain it. It will also not be installed, the company said it will include an option to export all notes, and you can learn more about this on the company’s support website.
Due to the economic situation caused by the coronavirus, Mozilla laid off nearly 250 employees last month. When announcing the news, the company had stated that it would develop a new plan that listed specific areas that need attention. The decision to turn off Firefox Send and Firefox Notes may be part of this larger plan.
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