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

Joanna Estrada
September 11, 2019

Mozilla has officially launched a new privacy-focused VPN service, called Firefox Private Network, as a browser extension that aims to encrypt your online activity and limit what websites and advertisers know about you.

The VPN service, now in beta, is part of a pilot experiment to test-drive new, privacy-centric products from the Firefox maker. "The Firefox Private Network is an extension which provides a secure, encrypted path to the web to protect your connection and your personal information anywhere and everywhere you use your Firefox browser".

Internet Protocol (IP) addresses are hidden so it's harder to track you - Your IP address is like a home address for your computer. One of the reasons why you may want to keep it hidden is to keep advertising networks from tracking your browsing history.

Mozilla launches Firefox VPN extension for US users
Mozilla pilots its VPN service for Firefox desktop users in the US

Coming back to the Firefox Private Network, the company says that it can be a really useful safety net when you're using free Wi-Fi in a public place such as a coffee shop or at the Airport.

Firefox Private Network also hides your IP address and replaces it with another so some eavesdropper can't trace your identity.

The service is compatible with the latest version of the Firefox desktop browser on multiple platforms, and can be removed at any time once installed, just like a standard Firefox extension.

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