Back in July, Mozilla suspended its file sharing service ‘Firefox Send’. It was done because some malware operators abused the service and spread ransomware, banking trojan, spyware through the system. Mozilla has now discontinued Firefox Send and Firefox Notes.
Firefox Send was a neat and clean application that came integrated into the browser. It offered to securely share files up to 2.5 GB. The service also had other handy features such as the ability to self destruct files once the recipient has downloaded it. Eventually, the file was auto-deleted after 24 hours. Though very few people used this service, the ones who used were always a happy user; such was the convenience of using Mozilla’s services.
In its blog post, Mozilla put forward a statement. The company stated “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. In the intervening period, as we weighed the cost of our overall portfolio and strategic focus, we made the decision not to re-launch the service.”
Now, on the other hand, Firefox Notes was available as a browser extension and it was also present as an Android application. The mobile application was known for syncing notes. The company has revealed that Firefox Notes browser extension will continue to be available for existing users but no new user will be entertained. The company also said that for existing users also, the application will receive no more updates or bug fixtures. The company said that they will be discontinuing their Firefox Notes Android application from 1st November 2020.
If you are a user of this, and eager to know more details about it then you can do by following the instructions mentioned in this support page. Here, the company has given a guideline, on how to export all your existing notes before the service gets discontinued.
Unfortunately, the company’s decision to discontinue Firefox Send and Firefox Notes comes within a month after it laid off over 250 employees as part of its major restructuring to focus on commercial products. It seems that Mozilla is shifting its focus on services like Mozilla VPN, Firefox Monitor, and Firefox Private Network.