Mozilla Launches 'Firefox Private Network' VPN Service as a Browser Extension

Mozilla Launches 'Firefox Private Network' VPN Service as a Browser Extension

Mozilla officially launched a new VPN service, called Firefox Private Network, as a browser extension that limits what websites and advertisers track about you and also encrypts your online activity.

Firefox Private Network service is currently in beta version and available only to desktop users in the United States (U.S) as part of Mozilla's "Firefox Test Pilot" program that lets users try out new features before they were officially released.

The Firefox Test Pilot program was first launched by the Mozilla three years ago but was shut down in January this year. After that, the company decided to bring the program back but with some changes.

Marissa Wood, vice president of product at Mozilla said that the differences with the newly relaunched Test Pilot program are that these products and services may be outside the Firefox browser, and will be far more polished.

Firefox Private Network (FPN) is the Test Pilot program's first new project.

The Firefox Private Network (FPN) is an extension that provides a secure, encrypted path to the web to protect your connection and your personal information anywhere and everywhere you use your Firefox browser.

There are many ways that your personal information and data are exposed. Online threats are everywhere, whether it's through phishing emails or data breaches. You may often find yourself taking advantage of the free Wi-Fi at the doctor's office, airport or a cafe. There can be lots of people using the same network casually checking the web and getting social media updates. This leaves your personal information vulnerable to those who may be hidden (Ex. Hacker), waiting to take advantage of this situation to gain access to your personal information. In this type of situation, Using Firefox Private Network helps you to protect your personal information.

If you're connecting to a website that doesn't use HTTPS secure connections, the Firefox Private Network will make it impossible for other users on the same Wi-Fi network to see what you're doing. The service also hides your IP address, which makes it harder for web trackers and advertisers to track your browsing history.

Firefox Private Network  Mozilla's VPN Service:-

Like any other VPN service, Firefox Private Network creates a private tunnel through a proxy to the destination website and also hides your IP address from third-party online trackers and protect your personal information, like the website you visit and your financial information, when using public Wi-Fi.

Firefox Private Network (FPN) also works the same ways as any other VPN service.

The Firefox Private Network relies on a proxy server named Cloudflare, so traffic from an individual's browser will be encrypted and sent from the browser to a Cloudflare data center and then to the destination website.

The configuration requires users to trust Cloudflare's network, one of the larger content delivery networks (CDN) in the world. In a privacy statement about the Firefox Private Network, Cloudflare officials said that for each request made form the extension, Cloudflare will see the source and destination IP addresses, and also the source and destination port numbers. That data will be deleted within 24 hours after each individual request.

Once installed, the extension will add a toggle on the Firefox toolbar for enabling or disabling the VPN feature.

Whenever the Firefox Private Network extension is active, the browser will establish a secure connection to the nearest Cloudflare data center and the Cloudflare proxy will route your web traffic to the requested website through the Cloudflare network, which means that visited websites can't see the user's true IP address or location.

Mozilla Launches 'Firefox Private Network' VPN Service as a Browser Extension

If the user logs out or connections drop out, the user will get a prompt that the VPN extension needs attention.

Mozilla Launches 'Firefox Private Network' VPN Service as a Browser Extension

How To Sign Up For Firefox VPN Service:-

Firefox Private Network extension currently works only on desktops, but it's expected to be available for mobile users as well, once it leaves beta version.

Although the Firefox Private Network service is currently free for all, Mozilla hinted that the company is exploring possible pricing options for the service in the future to keep it self-sustainable.

For now, if you have a Firefox account and live in the United States, you can test the Firefox VPN service for free by signing up on the Firefox Private Network website.

Firefox is aiming to present itself as a leader in internet security and privacy in a time of well-publicized internet scandals and controversies. Mozilla has partnered with ProtonVPN in the past and launched a number of privacy features, including a Facebook Container add-on that blocks Facebook from your web browsing activity and Firefox 69, which blocks third-party tracking cookies and crypto mining by default.

The design of Firefox extension, however, looks to be inspired by common VPN apps and browser extensions, with a simple toggle button and a drop-down screen in which the user can give one-click protection.

However, Two major differences between Firefox Private Network extension and a VPN are  You cannot change your regional IP when using Firefox Private Network. In Cloudflare's privacy policy, it says that avoidance of geographical restrictions on content access is explicitly not a goal. And the other one is that the Firefox Private Network extension will encrypt only the web traffic handled by the Firefox browser on your desktop. VPN service, on the other hand, run on the device which makes their use flexible as they protect the user in all applications.

But the Firefox Private Network will still be very useful when your laptop is using a free Wi-Fi network in a public place, such as in a coffee shop or an airport waiting for a lounge.

I hope you find useful information in this article. If you have any questions related to Firefox Private Network then please mention in the comments section and I will get back to you and stay tuned with my blog to learn interesting things related to cybersecurity and hacking.

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