Last week, Mozilla said that Firefox would block third-party trackers for everyone by default. On September 10th, Mozilla announced a new product, Firefox Private Network that could give Firefox users even more privacy on the web. The product claims to be “a secure, encrypted path to the web”.
Firefox Private Network is a browser-based VPN so it won’t mask anything you’re doing on the internet outside of Firefox. So, if you want to protect more of your internet traffic, you’d need to install a dedicated VPN app. 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 better hide from ad trackers.
The VPN is free but is currently in beta. If you want to access it, you’ll have to be US-based, use Firefox on your desktop or laptop, and be logged into your Firefox account. If you want to use it, you can install the VPN from this page, click the icon that shows up in your toolbar, and a small drop down menu will open from where you can switch the VPN on or off.
Mozilla says Firefox Private Network will be free for a limited time suggesting it may become a paid service in the future. 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.