Mozilla is taking a step further in protecting user privacy as it is currently working on a new service called Private Relay that allows users to generate unique aliases so as to protect their real email addresses from spammers and advertisers.
The service, which entered testing last month is currently in closed beta and will be coming to Firefox, one of the world’s top browsers in the market.
Imagine being able to sign up for a service online without the need of having to use your actual email address but rather an alias, which in return will help protect you from annoying spam and advertisers that are constantly tracking what you do online.
Private Relay, as they call it, will generate unique aliases so as to hide a user’s email address while filling in online forms. The service is expected to become public in a few months with a planned beta launch set for later this year according to ZDNet.
Private Relay will be available as a Firefox add-on that lets users generate a unique email address, including an email alias easily without hustle.
Private Relay to be revealed later in the year as a Firefox add-on
Using the add-on will give users the ability to create email aliases that they will enter in web forms to send contact requests, register new accounts, and also subscribe to newsletters too. Pretty awesome, right?
“We will forward emails from the alias to your real inbox. If any alias starts to receive emails you don’t want, you can disable it or delete it completely,” Mozilla said on the Firefox Private Relay website.
“Do you worry about giving away your email address? Sick of receiving emails you never signed up for? Do those unsubscribe links really work? By using aliases, you keep your real email off spam lists and away from sketchy companies you may not trust.” – Says the browser maker.
The concept of using email aliases has been around for a long time but the reason why it has taken a while to catch up is because of the issue that comes with managing them, and also email providers haven’t been forthcoming towards the concept denying users access to such features.
Firefox Private Relay hopes to give users back control over their emails, giving them an easy to use service that lets you create and destroy email aliases anytime with a few clicks.
Mozilla also launched its own private VPN service last year called Firefox Private Network, meant to secure your entire devices including all apps for a limited-time beta pricing of $4.99/month (UGX 18,388).
This makes Mozilla the second major tech giant that has taken interest in developing a service that allows users to create email aliases. Hopefully, other email services such as Gmail, Yahoo, and others will take on a similar step towards improving user privacy but that’s just speculation since most of them have been known for tracking user activities online.
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