Mozilla Shuts Down Firefox Send and Firefox Notes

Joanna Estrada
September 20, 2020

Firefox users are losing two useful services included with the browser after Mozilla announced that it's permanently shutting down Firefox Send and ending support for Firefox Notes. Unfortunately, some abusive users were beginning to use Send to distribute malware and as part of spear phishing attacks.

It's hard not to look at today's announcement in the context of the overall challenges that Mozilla is going through.

Users can export their existing notes as HTML files between now and November 1, 2020.

Mozilla is a California-based not-for-profit organization that develops privacy-focused tools. But it's not like the company is only focused on the Firefox web browser these days. The recently launched Mozilla VPN service is still a thing... but unlike the free Firefox Send and Notes tools, Mozilla VPN is a paid service, which means it may be a money maker for Mozilla. Firefox Send launched in March past year and allowed Firefox users to share files of up to 2.5GB in size "safely and simply" direct from the browser. All these features made Send a secure tool for file sharing. However, it was taken offline earlier this year after the company said it was investigating reports of malware groups abusing the platform.

Coming to Firefox Notes, it is a simple browser extension and Android app for taking notes. Firefox Notes, meanwhile, was an encrypted data-syncing service that Mozilla will also be killing. "Having served that goal, we kept the product as a little utility tool for Firefox and Android users", Mozilla says, but it is now decommissioning it and shutting it down completely in early November. The app will no longer be maintained by Mozilla and won't be available to install from November. This does not affect Firefox Notes desktop extensions already installed on people's computers.

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