Mozilla launches a VPN for Firefox users

Ceria Alfonso
Setiembre 11, 2019

Mozilla has released a new extension for its Firefox browser that brings anonymity and more security to its users while using the internet.

Firefox Private Network service is now in beta and available only to desktop users in the United States as part of Mozilla's recently expunged "Firefox Test Pilot" program that lets users try out new experimental features before they were officially released.

The Firefox Test Pilot program was first launched by the company three years ago but was shut down in January this year. Firefox Private Network is a VPN that offers a secure, encrypted way to protect your connection and your personal information when browsing the web.

Firefox Private Network will mask your IP address providing protection from third party trackers around the web.

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Firefox Private Network also hides your IP address and replaces it with another so some eavesdropper can't trace your identity.

The service, now in beta, was created to work as an extension, separate from the main Firefox browser.

The service uses a proxy server provided by Cloudflare and requires users to sign in to their Firefox account in order to connect. "Their strong privacy controls limit what data they collect and how long they keep it", Mozilla said. "All Proxy Data will be deleted within 24 hours".

The parent company behind Firefox is launching a new VPN in a bid to boost online privacy for its users. It could be just like the free VPN that comes preloaded with the Opera browser.

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