Mozilla VPN officially launches on Android and Windows

The Mozilla VPN is finally out to the public after a long beta phase. It is currently available for Windows 10 and Android devices.

The Mozilla VPN (virtual private network) costs $5 per month. The service is currently available to a handful of regions. The company has yet to confirm when it plans to roll it out to the global audience.

The service started as the Firefox Private Network, which was launched in September of last year. Last June, Mozilla confirmed that it is releasing the service as a standalone platform under a new brand name.

A new player in the market

As of this writing, Mozilla VPN is available in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Malaysia. The company said that it would roll out the service to other regions later this year.

The service is currently available for Windows and Android platforms. This is rather odd since the iOS platform was supported when the service was still in beta. Nevertheless, the company promised that the Mac and Linux versions of the service are currently under development.

Although some might say that Mozilla is quite late in the VPN game, its release is rather timely. The coronavirus pandemic triggered many governments into lockdown to curb the spread of the virus. This forced many to work remotely at home.

While working at home, workers need to connect to their office network. Mozilla VPN provides a private and secure way to do so. Rather than using conventional networks, VPN adds a certain level of security and anonymity into it.

Unlike most VPN that offers a limited version of their service for free, Mozilla VPN is purely subscription-based. Most likely, Mozilla is trying to position itself as a secure platform that does not harvest user data. Instead of selling ads, the platform is monetized purely through subscription fees.

How it works

Mozilla VPN uses a global network of servers from Mullvad, an open-source VPN service from Sweden. Mullvad is widely praised for its “no-logging” policy. Essentially, it means that it does not save nor track any traffic that passes through its servers.

However, it is important to note that Mozilla VPN still requires users to sign up using their Firefox account. This means that the service still can collect user IP address, email address, and location data. Firefox also collects basic information like app version, device ID, hardware configuration, and operating system data.

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