Mozilla, the Firefox browser maker had formerly released a browser extension for Firefox to provide free VPN service in the US, but now the company has gone ahead to launch a stand-alone VPN app for Android.
The Firefox VPN adds to a plethora of VPN services available for both mobile and desktop; but what are some notable features that make Firefox VPN stand out in the already overcrowded VPN market?
While the Firefox Private Network service is still in closed beta, from what can be gathered from the company sources, the VPN service encrypts all network activity on Android devices. And the service uses the WireGuard protocol to secure its connections, and it is developed in partnership with Mullvad.
Unlike VPN packages from Opera, Firefox VPN is intended to serve as a paid service to avoid profiling of users, which is what's done by most other free VPN services.
What Extra Features are available with Firefox VPN Service?
Mozilla touted an extensive network of over 100 servers in more than 30 countries for the VPN service, and it is also supported on Windows 10, Android and Chromebooks with support for iOS, Mac and Linux still in the works.
The company claims the WireGuard protocol offer better encryption, with faster speed compared to other VPN services.
It should be noted that most of the other VPN services opt for traditional protocols like OpenVPN or IPsec, against Firefox Private Network use of the newer WireGuard standard, which is most likely the key advantage of the Firefox service.
How to Download the Firefox VPN App for Android?
At the moment, Firefox Private Network is an invite only service, but the Android app is now available for download. You can join the waiting list by applying from the official site, then an invite will be sent to you to download, install and turn on the Private Network.
Once you're connected, you can choose any server from the available server locations, and the subscription is currently for only $4.99/month, though Firefox calls it a "limited-time beta pricing."