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Mozilla is testing a VPN

2019-09-12 18:10 by
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As part of its Firefox Test Pilot program, which will allow users to try out new features and services, Mozilla has launched the Firefox Private Network VPN service. This VPN is browser-based. This means that unlike other VPN apps around, it will not mask any activity that you do outside the Firefox browser. The idea behind Firefox Private Network is to provide you with the ability to mask your browser activity when you are on a public Wi-Fi network or just want to hide from ad-trackers.

"The Firefox Private Network is an extension which provides a secure, encrypted path to the web to protect your connection and your personal information anywhere and everywhere you use your Firefox browser," wrote Marissa Wood, vice president of product, in a post to the Mozilla blog.

Mozilla says Firefox Private Network will be "free for a limited time," suggesting it may become a paid service in the future. Last October, Firefox showed an ad for a subscription to ProtonVPN to a small group of Firefox users, suggesting Mozilla may have been gauging interest in offering its own VPN. And Mozilla's CEO recently said Firefox intends to offer a paid subscription service for "premium" features in October and that bandwidth for a VPN service could be one of them.

Firefox is the second browser vendor to include a free VPN inside a browser. Opera began offering a free, unlimited "VPN" months ago, halted it, then brought it back this spring. Like Mozilla, the "VPN" isn't so much a VPN but more of a browser proxy, funneling your traffic to an anonymous endpoint. Opera's VPN, however, is free, unlimited, and lets users choose from several endpoints both in the Americas and overseas - allowing Netflix users, for example, to stream content not available in their area. At this point, Firefox does not offer multiple endpoints.

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