Mozilla is getting into the blooming VPN game.
Mozilla, the creator of Firefox, has been tinkering with a VPN service for the last couple of years. In 2018, they tried an experimental subscription-based VPN service, which didn’t quite pan out. After that, it tried out a specialized security extension for Firefox alone, though if that paid off in its intended form, it’s not publicly known. Now, for Mozilla’s newest security endeavor, they’ve decided to spin off from the main Firefox brand and try something new.
Mozilla has released the Firefox Private Network (or “FPN”) in a closed beta. Despite what the name may imply, this new VPN service is an independent entity from Firefox; you don’t need to run the browser to use it. This standalone VPN has planned compatibility for Windows, Android, and Chrome OS, and is powered by Mullvad VPN and WireGuard. Aside from these frameworks, the app is developed entirely within Mozilla’s offices. On the app’s site, it boasts an all-encompassing global network protection, as well as powerful connections for streaming and gaming without any restrictions on bandwidth.
The Android iteration of FPN is available on the Google Play store. If you’re interested in trying it, you can sign up for the waitlist to receive an invitation into the beta. Bear in mind that FPN is a paid service, and will cost you $5 a month, at least for the duration of the beta. At the moment, only users in the US can use FPN, but Mozilla has stated that all regions will gain access to it eventually.