Mozilla has long positioned itself as the champion of user privacy. The company started the downfall of Internet Explorer with its Firefox browser. It has since lost the market to Chrome’s huge dominance. Firefox hasn’t given up though. Every now and then Mozilla launches a new service, a new version of Firefox, etc. Now, Mozilla has launched a new Android app for its VPN service, called Firefox Private Network VPN.
Back in 2018, Mozilla had already experimented with a VPN service for Firefox users. At the time, the company had actually chosen to promote ProtonVPN. According to a blogpost by Mozilla, they did research on several VPN companies before choosing ProtonVPN.
“Across numerous studies, we’ve consistently heard from our users that they want Firefox to protect their privacy on public networks like cafes and airports,” the company had then said in the blog post. “With that in mind, over the next few months, we will be running an experiment in which we’ll offer a virtual private network (VPN) service to a small group of Firefox users.”
Firefox Private Network VPN app for Android
Mozilla is now launching a new VPN service for more people, although it is still an invite-only beta. Firefox Private Network VPN has already released a beta Android app. Mozilla’s VPN service is powered by Mullvad VPN which claims to have a no logging policy. Usually, VPN services use protocols like OpenVPN or IPsec. Firefox Private Network VPN uses the WireGuard standard instead.
It’s a newer standard and most other VPN services don’t use it yet. Compared to OpenVPN or IPsec, WireGuard offers faster speeds and improved encryption.
It’s a VPN so you’ll obviously be able to hide your online activity and location. Firefox VPN also offers more than 100 servers in more than 30 countries. It also supports 5 simultaneous connections from a single account. The service will cost you $4.99/month although Firefox says this is only a “limited-time beta pricing.”
Unlike the VPN service offered by browsers like Opera, ProtonVPN was a paid service. Mozilla has made it clear that they’ve always wanted to offer a paid VPN. Because otherwise, they’d need to make money off of user data to keep the servers running. That obviously beats the purpose. Their other option would be to suffer loss ad eventually shut the service down.