Wormhole is a tool run by your browser that allows you to share end-to-end encrypted files instantly.
The service uses the WebTorrent platform and is free for everyone. BitTorrent will speed up transfers, and you do not need to leave the browser window open if the files are less than five gigabytes.
The WebTorrent platform has built a bridge between BitTorrent and the Web. Instead of needing a standalone application, you can share files directly from your browser without having to configure or install anything.
The new "Wormhole" service not only offers free file sharing, but also adds a level of privacy by offering end-to-end encrypted file transfers. And while using WebTorrent, users of the service do not need to do seeding.
The project was started by Feross Aboukhadijeh, who also invented WebTorrent. Together with John Hiesey, he developed Wormhole to allow secure file transfers in seconds. No registration required.
The emphasis on speed and security sets the service apart from many competitors. Using end-to-end encryption, only the sender and recipient can see the files, which is not the case with Dropbox, WeTransfer and many other platforms.
When you use Wormhole, a key is generated on your device and used to encrypt your files. During the transfer, your data is not readable by Wormhole and service providers such as your ISP.
Wormhole uses a combination of cloud hosting servers with BitTorrent technology so you can share large files as quickly as possible. If you upload a two gigabyte video, you can share the link with other people right away, even when you have not finished uploading.
Wormhole Feross co-founder says this allows recipients to download the files right away - before the file is fully hosted on the service's servers.