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Mozilla's Firefox Experiments With a Paid VPN Service

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Mozilla’s Firefox will start offering a VPN service through the browser, but it won’t be free.

The VPN service will cost $10 a month and will start as a pilot available to a select group of Firefox users based in the US. Expect the first invites to arrive this Wednesday.

“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,” Mozilla said in a blog post on Monday. “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).”

By offering the VPN product, Mozilla also seeks to secure another funding source for the company, which has earned most of its revenue from Google and Yahoo for embedding their search engines into the Firefox browser. “We plan to be here over the long haul. To do that with confidence we also need to have diverse sources of revenue,” Mozilla added in its blog post.

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For the uninitiated, a VPN service can help prevent whoever’s supplying your internet from eavesdropping on your browsing activities. It does this by encrypting your computer’s internet traffic, which can stop ISPs or the operator of a public Wi-Fi network from viewing what sites you’re trying to visit.

To encrypt the internet traffic, your computer’s connection is re-routed through a private server run by the VPN provider. In Mozilla’s case, the company is partnering with ProtonVPN to offer the new service. Selected users will see a pop up through the Firefox browser talking up the privacy benefits of the new VPN product. Interested customers who sign up will then receive access to download the VPN software, which works over Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS and Android. The subscription can be canceled at any time.

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Mozilla selected ProtonVPN as a partner following a “thorough evaluation” of a long list of leading VPN providers. “Based in Switzerland, ProtonVPN has a strict privacy policy and does not log any data about your usage of their service. As a company they have a track record of fighting for online privacy and they share our dedication to internet safety and security,” Mozilla said.

ProtonVPN comes from the makers of ProtonMail, a privacy-focused email service that’s been designed to offer end-to-end encryption. PCMag has previously reviewed ProtonVPN and we gave it a “Good” score for its excellent privacy policies and easy-to-use client. However, we noted that the service lagged in offering a wide selection of fast servers.

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Nevertheless, the partnership with Mozilla is a big win for ProtonVPN. If the pilot goes well, it’ll have access to promoting the VPN service to Firefox’s 300 million user base.

“Users who subscribe to the service through Mozilla will still receive the exact same software and benefits that come with our ProtonVPN Plus subscription,” ProtonVPN said in a blog post.

If you’re in the market for a paid VPN, you can find our recommendations here. You can also consider using free VPN services, but they’re usually ad-supported and have faced criticism for sharing user data with marketing firms.

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