Mozilla has decided to put an end to its file transfer tool Firefox Send following its involvement in malware and spear-phishing attacks, the company said in a blog post. As a result, Mozilla has announced the End of Life (EOL) for Firefox Send, which will no longer be part of Mozilla’s product family.
Mozilla pulls the plug on Firefox Send, Firefox Notes
Firefox Send was initially started as part of the Firefox Test Pilot Program. Eventually, the encrypted file transfer service became generally available last year, allowing users to securely share files from web browsers.
“Unfortunately, some abusive users were beginning to use Send to ship malware and conduct spear-phishing attacks. This summer we took Firefox Send offline to address this challenge,” Mozilla said.
Earlier this year, Firefox Send was put on hold as part of Mozilla’s investigation into its involvement in malicious activities. The company later decided not to resume the service citing concerns related to maintenance and its strategic focus.
“Because the service is already offline, no major changes in status are expected,” Mozilla added.
The updated support article confirms Firefox Send is no longer operational as of September 17, 2020, and users will no longer be able to receive or upload files.
Other than Firefox Send, one more Mozilla product that has reached its End of Life is Firefox Notes, a note-taking app that syncs with Firefox. Similar to Send, Firefox Notes was also developed as an experimental project. The main objective of Notes is to sync with Firefox over an encrypted channel.
Mozilla will discontinue Firefox Notes in early November. For existing installs, the extension will remain available. Mozilla will soon add an option to export all notes. According to the updated support article, Firefox Notes will shut down on November 1, 2020.
Once discontinued, the Firefox Notes web browser extension will no longer receive performance or security updates and once you uninstall Notes, you will no longer be able to reinstall it.
In related news, Mozilla has announced a new browser extension called RegretsReporter, which will allow users to flag YouTube-recommended videos they wish they had never watched.