19 November 2020
Firefox has launched the VPN extension inside its web browser following the growing demand for privacy features. This Firefox Private Network is currently available via the Test Pilot Program in the beta state and free to use in the US for now. Firefox in its blog post announced that it will first test the extension and get the feedback of the users and then decide if it should roll out widely as a stable version or not.
Firefox says its Private Network extension provides a secure and “encrypted path to the web to protect your connection and your personal information anywhere and everywhere you use your Firefox browser.” Similar to what a classic VPN service offers over a less secure network. Like the VPN services, the Private Network extension from the non-profit Mozilla Foundation should ensure confidentiality, authentication, and integrity.
VPN service is most useful when the users want to protect their data or web activity on their devices whenever they are visiting something where they don’t want to be tracked by or are on the web which is geographically restricted.
Firefox mentions that using the Firefox Private Network will help protect you from hackers lurking around in plain sight on public connections.
Right now, the Private Network by Firefox is free to use but you’ll need a Firefox account to use this service. A Firefox account allows you to be one of the first to test potential new products and services, you can sign up directly from the extension.
Once the extension is installed, you’ll find an On/Off toggle that shows you whether you’re currently protected. You can turn this toggle on or off anytime you want.