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Mozilla has launched its virtual private network (VPN) service to the public, starting with Windows 10 and Android in a handful of markets. The company debuted the browser-based Firefox Private Network last September as part of a pilot program. In June, Mozilla revealed it would soon be launching the VPN as a standalone cross-platform product for $4.99 per month and rebranding it as Mozilla VPN.
Fast-forward a month, and the Firefox browser maker has officially launched Mozilla VPN out of beta in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Singapore, Malaysia, and New Zealand, with plans to roll it out to additional markets later this year. It’s also worth noting that while an iOS incarnation was part of the beta phase, it doesn’t appear to be available at the initial rollout, remaining branded as Firefox Private Network. Versions for Mac and Linux are also currently in development.
Mozilla’s launch is timely, as VPN use has surged over the past few months due to lockdown measures that have required workers to connect to corporate networks remotely. While Mozilla isn’t specifically targeting the corporate sphere with its new VPN, the company is hoping to gain hearts and minds by positioning Mozilla VPN as a privacy-focused product that is monetized entirely through subscriptions rather than by selling user data — there is no free version.
Mozilla VPN runs on a global network of servers operated by Mullvad, a commercial open source VPN service based in Sweden that has a “no-logging” policy. This means it promises to not record a user’s IP address, browsing activity, session duration, timestamp, DNS request, or similar data points. Mullvad has also adopted the lightweight WireGuard protocol, which should make Mozilla VPN speedier than many other VPNs on the market.
Mozilla VPN might not be the ultimate privacy-focused VPN, but it does ship from a well-known consumer brand that has committed to making money through good old-fashioned paying customers. “We don’t partner with third-party analytics platforms who want to build a profile of what you do online,” Mozilla proudly proclaims.