Last week, Mozilla said its Firefox browser would block third-party trackers for everyone by default and yesterday, Mozilla announced a new product that could give Firefox users even more privacy on the web A Firefox-made VPN (though Mozilla never calls it one).
The Firefox Private Network seems like it's just useful, but it does have its limits. It's a browser-based VPN so if you want to protect yourself from the Internet, you'll need to install a dedicated VPN app. Mozilla recommends using Firefox Private Network if you want to get an encrypted connection while using Firefox on a public Wi-Fi network or if you just want to better hide it.
If you want to try the Firefox Private Network, which is free, but in beta, you'll have to be US based, using Firefox on your desktop or laptop, and logged into your Firefox account. If you are, install the Firefox Private Network from this page, click the icon that shows up in your toolbar, and a small menu wants to drop it down.
In a letter test, I did notice my download speed was 17 Mbps slower with the switch flipped on, but honestly could not tell the difference while browsing. The Firefox Private Network did not change my IP, which should hinder third-party trackers; but since it has moved to a suburb.
Mozilla says Firefox Private Network wants to be "free for a limited time," suggesting it may become a paid service in the future – which is not exactly a surprise. Last October, Firefox showed to be a subscription to ProtonVPN to a small group of Firefox users, suggesting Mozilla may have been interested in offering its own VPN. And Mozilla's CEO recently said Firefox's first project from Firefox's revitalized Test Pilot program.
, Experimental pilot like this, but Mozilla says the test pilot will now be focused on "new, privacy-centric products" that are "just one step shy of general public release." Mozilla has not given an indication of what might come next.