Last week, Mozilla said its Firefox browser would block third-party trackers by default, and yesterday Mozilla announced a new product that could offer Firefox users even more privacy on the Web: the Firefox Private Network "A secure, encrypted path to the Web "- basically a Firefox-created VPN (though Mozilla never calls it that).
The Firefox Private Network seems useful, but has its limitations. It's a browser-based VPN so nothing is masked what you do outside of Firefox on the Internet. You must install a dedicated VPN app to protect more Internet traffic. Mozilla recommends using Firefox Private Network if you want to make an encrypted connection when using Firefox on a public Wi-Fi network, or if you just want to hide from advertising trackers.
If you want to try Firefox Private Network, which is free, but in Beta you need to be in the US, use Firefox on your desktop or laptop, and be logged into your Firefox account. If so, install Firefox Private Network from this page, click the icon in your toolbar, and a small menu will appear where you can turn the VPN on or off.
In In a quick test, I noticed that my download speed was 17 Mbps slower when the switch was on, but honestly I could not tell the difference when surfing. The Firefox Private Network changed my IP address, which should hinder third-party trackers. However, because my location was moved to a nearby suburb, I might still be able to serve local business on websites. Also, be aware that you need to use a different VPN service if you want to surf from a place you are not or only want to see episodes of Terrace House before they air in the US.
Mozilla says Firefox Private The network will be "free for a limited time", suggesting that it may be a paid service in the future – which is not exactly surprising. In October of last year, Firefox showed a small group of Firefox users an ad for a subscription to ProtonVPN, suggesting that Mozilla may have been interested in deploying its own VPN. And Mozilla's CEO said recently that Firefox intends to offer a paid subscription service for "premium" features in October, and the bandwidth for a VPN service could be one of them. Previously, the program focused on allowing users to experiment with more experimental features, such as vertical tabs. According to Mozilla, the Testpilot program now focuses on "new, privacy-driven products" that are "just one step away from general publishing." Mozilla has not given any indication of what might come next.