Mozilla VPN, the foundation’s virtual private network service behind the Firefox browser, is now available in some countries and platforms for less than $ 5 a month.
VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a very useful network technology for the business segment (since it allows connecting different branches of a company or making technical support accesses) and also for the consumer segment These virtual peer-to-peer connections hide the user’s IP address and redirect Internet traffic through an encrypted VPN tunnel.
This allows access to geographically blocked portals and web services, be it multimedia content, games or sports; for P2P networks; e-commerce product offerings; to circumvent the censorship that many countries continue to practice and in general, to obtain greater security against computer attacks and the safe use of public Wi-Fi, and privacy against data theft and the appropriation of identities.
This type of services virtual private networks millions of users have gained in recent years, with special increase due to the pandemic by COVID-19.
Mozilla VPN, questions and answers
Development. Mozilla announced in late 2018 that it was working on its own VPN service and introduced it a few months later as a browser extension and part of the program. Test Pilot Mozilla for users in the United States. The move from Firefox Private Network to Mozilla VPN is aimed at achieving greater visibility and separating it from browser development.
Motivation. Mozilla VPN is an initiative to get additional income and avoid the current heavy dependence on Google, whose payment to include its search engine in the foundation’s products (Firefox mainly) covers the vast majority of its budget.
How does it work. The technology behind Mozilla VPN is based on the WireGuard encryption protocol, the next standard for creating Linux VPN connections. The client under Android and Windows (and later systems) works on the network of Mullvad, Mozilla partner and Swiss-based VPN provider, while the browser extension uses the Cloudflare network, one of the two DNS providers- over-HTTPS for Firefox.
What it offers. The service allows VPN connections on up to five devices. Users can choose to connect to a network of nearly 300 servers located in more than 30 countries.
Where is it available. For launch, it is available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Malaysia and New Zealand. The company plans to expand it to more regions next fall.
For which platforms. Mozilla VPN is available at launch for Windows, Android, and iOS, with versions for Mac and Linux “coming soon.”
How much. The service is priced at $ 4.99 per month. The foundation is likely to offer promotions in the future. Mozilla ensures that they are forgoing additional revenue by committing to never track browsing activities and prevent any third-party data analysis platform from doing so.
Are there alternatives? Many. Some cheaper and some more expensive and / or complete, but a recommendation: forget about the “free” VPN services. They are neither secure, nor private, nor do they offer sufficient performance to achieve a reasonable experience.