Firefox is beta-testing its own VPN service

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Last week Firefox rolled out Firefox 69 and by default third-party tracking cookies and cryptomining were blocked.

Now Mozilla has announced that it is beta-testing its own Firefox Private Network as a response to the growing demand for increased privacy from users.

The beta is currently underway but unfortunately it is limited to users in the US and on desktop. All users need is a Firefox account.

As you might expect from a VPN, Firefox Private Network will mask your IP address and the firm adds that it will provide greater protection when using public WiFi hotspots.

“One of the key learnings from recent events is that there is growing demand for privacy features. 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,” writes Mozilla.

The firm goes on to say that over the next few months it will gather feedback on the service by way of survey.

It also appears as if the service will come with a price should it make it out of beta.

As for folks in other parts of the world, Mozilla said that it will be looking at testing the service in other countries and on other platforms and it would update users when the time comes.

What isn’t clear at this stage is whether Mozilla’s VPN would eventually break out from the browser. As it stands only your browsing through Firefox would be protected by the VPN but if you were to say try to access Steam for example, your IP would not be masked.

As convenient as a browser-based VPN is, Mozilla is either going to have to price its VPN service very competitively or expand the scope of the protection to break free from the browser.

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Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.