Mozilla, the company behind the popular Firefox web browser, unveiled its 2nd generation cross-platform VPN. This latest version includes two new features that add an extra layer of protection. The service will also be available in more countries as of this spring.
VPNs Increasingly Popular
Over the past few years, VPNs have become increasingly popular. This isn’t that surprising since a VPN gives users a lot of extra online security and privacy. Although VPNs were initially primarily intended for business use, there are more and more private VPN providers.
Some VPN providers offer their VPN service for free. Usually, however, there’s a catch. For example, you might be – knowingly or unknowingly – paying with your data to use their service. But there are some decent and truly free VPN providers out there.
That being said, premium paid VPNs are generally more secure. They also offer more options, such as unlimited data, unlimited speeds, proper customer support, and access to streaming services from all over the world.
Mozilla Unveils its 2nd Generation VPN
A little over a year ago, Mozilla launched the beta version of its VPN. At the time, only US users could download the app and the VPN could only be installed on Windows 10 or Android devices.
In 2020, Mozilla VPN moved from its beta phase to a fully-fledged, standalone VPN service. iOS, Mac and Linux were added as platforms, to join the existing Windows and Android offering. People could also add their names on a waitlist to test the service.
Yesterday, Mozilla unveiled its Mozilla 2nd Generation Built-In VPN in a blog post. The VPN provides encryption and device-level protection. Mozilla VPN is currently available in the US, the UK, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, and Malaysia, with more countries coming soon.
Two New Features
Mozilla added two new features to its VPN to give users an extra layer of protection. The first one would be of interest to people who prefer to turn VPN services on and off as they please. The new feature warns users when they join an unsecured network. A network is considered unsecure if, for example, it has weak encryption or is not password protected. By just clicking on the notification users can quickly turn Mozilla VPN on.
The second feature is handy for families, people living in the same household, or for home offices, for example. Thanks to Local Area Network Access, devices on the same network can now talk with each other without the need to turn the VPN off and on again. This means all devices can stay connected securely.
Mozilla VPN is currently priced at $4.99/month, for up to 5 devices. The service comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee if users cancel within the first month of service. Furthermore, Mozilla has 750+ servers in more than 30 countries.