Mozilla Firefox is closing Sand and Firefox Notes. Firefox Send was a free encrypted file-sharing service, but after Mozilla was discovered in July it was being used to deliver malware and conduct spear phishing attacks. Now, the company has decided to disband the service. Firefox Notes, meanwhile, was an encrypted data-syncing service that Mozilla would also be killing. Both services were part of the Firefox test pilot program.
Mozilla announced in a blog post that Firefox Send and Firefox Notes will be released, and will no longer be part of Mozilla’s product family.
Firefox Send was launched in March 2019, but had to be taken offline by Mozilla as it became a tool to ship malware and conduct phishing attacks. At the time, the company stated that the service would only be temporarily unavailable, as it worked on product improvements. However, Mozilla stated in the blog that it weighed the cost of its strategic overall portfolio and strategic focus, and decided not to return Firefox Send. Since the service is already offline, Mozilla said there will be no major changes.
Users will no longer be able to upload or receive files from Firefox Send. However, the service’s support page reported that files shared from a computer or device will still be available on the device, and have not been moved or changed. The company ensured that the files were erased from their servers.
Firefox Notes was developed under the Firefox Test Pilot Program to experiment with new methods of encrypted data syncing. Mozilla will decommission the Android Notes app and syncing service in early November. Although the Firefox Notes desktop browser extension will be available for the current install, it will no longer be maintained by Mozilla. It won’t be installable either, and the company said it would include the option to export all the notes, which you can learn more about on the company’s support website.