Mozilla a few days ago sent out a general communication informing users about its new cool free Firefox Private Network VPN service that is now available as a free Beta.
The new VPN service is meant to secure your entire devices including all apps, and is now available for a limited-time beta pricing of $4.99/month (UGX 18,388).
There are a lot of VPN (Virtual Private Network) services out there, but not all of them deliver on their promise which is, protecting users while online. Mozilla’s Firefox Private Network service could be next big thing for those who take their privacy seriously.
The Firefox VPN has promised users powerful network protection across the globe in over 30 countries, stable streaming and game downloads with no bandwidth restrictions plus security across all devices and apps. The service is definitely worth jumping on since Mozilla is well known for fighting for user rights on the web.
A VPN, or virtual private network, acts as an encrypted tunnel for all your web traffic. Its defined as a connection method used to add security and privacy to private and public networks, like WiFi Hotspots and the Internet.
Virtual Private Networks are most often used by corporations to protect sensitive data. However, a lot of people have picked on the trend and are now using VPN’s on their browsers, phones, PC’s and other devices to protect their data from prying eyes.
To an outside observer like your ISP, it looks like you’re just sending a lot of web traffic to the VPN rather than Google, Facebook, or whatever other sites you’re visiting. There are number of free VPN services out there that have promised users protection but instead have used it as a loop hole to collect and sell user data which makes Mozilla’s new VPN service much more desirable.
Why do you need a VPN?
People use VPN’s for a number of reasons such as;
1. Hide your IP address: Connecting to a Virtual Private Network often conceals your real IP address.
2. Change your IP address: Using a VPN will almost certainly result in getting a different IP address.
3. Encrypt data transfers: A Virtual Private Network will protect the data you transfer over public WiFi.
4. Mask your location: With a Virtual Private Network, users can choose the country of origin for their Internet connection.
5. Access blocked websites: Get around website blocked by governments with a VPN.
Since running a VPN is expensive, Firefox’s free tier of the VPN will impose some restrictions. It only operates in the Firefox browser rather than at the device level. In addition, you only get 12 hours of VPN connectivity per month.
This is the only way to try Firefox’s VPN right now — you’ll need to have a Firefox account and the Firefox Private Network extension in your browser.
The Firefox free tier of the VPN will impose some restrictions
Firefox is, however, soon launching a monthly VPN tier plan for its service which makes it the first service it has sold directly to consumers. The Firefox Private Network will support system-level VPN connections for Windows 10, Android, iOS, and more.
The company also pledges that it will run the VPN in accordance with its long-standing Personal Data Promise. That means it won’t monitor your traffic or sell data to third parties. You can sign up to be notified when Mozilla launches the full service.
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Author: Allan Bangirana
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