Mozilla said last week that its Firefox browser would block third-party trackers for everyone by default and yesterday, Mozilla announced a new product that could give Firefox users even more privacy on the web: the Firefox Private Network, which claims to be "a secure, encrypted path to the web" – essentially a VPN made by Firefox (although Mozilla never VPN calls).
The Firefox Private Network seems to be useful, but it has its limitations. It is a browser-based VPN, so it does not mask anything that you do on the Internet outside of Firefox. You must install a special VPN app if you want to protect more of your internet traffic. Mozilla recommends using Firefox Private Network if you want to have an encrypted connection while using Firefox on a public Wi-Fi network or if you just want to hide better from ad trackers.
If you want to try Firefox's private network, which is free, but as a beta version, you must be in the US, use Firefox on your desktop or laptop and be signed in to your Firefox account. If this is the case, install the Firefox Private Network from this page, click on the icon that appears on your toolbar and a small menu will appear in which you can enable or disable the VPN.
In a short test I noticed that my download speed was 17 Mbps slower with the switch turned on, but honestly I could not see the difference while browsing. The Firefox Private Network has changed my IP, which should hinder third-party trackers; but because it has only moved my location to a nearby suburb, sites may still be able to offer me local ads. Also know that if you want to browse from where you are not – or just watch episodes from Terrace House before being broadcast in the US – you must use a different VPN service.
Mozilla says that Firefox Private Network & # 39; free for a limited time & # 39; will be, suggesting that it may become a paid service in the future – which is not really a surprise. Last October, Firefox showed an advertisement for a ProtonVPN subscription to a small group of Firefox users, suggesting that Mozilla aroused interest in offering its own VPN. And the Mozilla CEO recently said that Firefox plans to offer a paid subscription service for "premium" features in October, and that bandwidth for a VPN service may be one of them.
The Firefox Private Network is the first project in Firefox's revitalized Test Pilot program. The program used to focus on allowing users to try out more experimental functions such as vertical tabs, but Mozilla says the Test Pilot program will now focus on & # 39; new, privacy-focused products & # 39; who & # 39; are only one step shy for general public release & # 39 ;. Mozilla has given no indication of what might come.