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You Can Now Try the Firefox Private Network

Dave Parrack 12-09-2019

Mozilla has relaunched its Test Pilot program, and kicked things off with a new project codenamed Firefox Private Network. This is essentially a VPN designed to protect you and your information when you’re browsing the web using Firefox.


Mozilla has been ramping up its security and privacy credentials of late. Firefox has started blocking third-party tracking cookies Firefox Now Blocks Tracking Cookies for Everyone Firefox now blocks third-party tracking cookies and cryptominers by default for all users. Read More for everyone, and now the company is launching its own virtual private network designed to keep its users safe.

How to Try the Firefox Private Network

Mozilla announced Firefox Private Network on The Mozilla Blog, describing it as “an extension which provides a secure, encrypted path to the web to protect your connection and your personal information anywhere and everywhere you use your Firefox browser.”

It’s essentially a VPN which offers protection while using Firefox on a public network and masks your IP address to prevent third-party trackers following you around the web. And you can toggle Firefox Private Network on or off at any time.

The Firefox Private Network is currently being beta tested. You’ll need to be resident in the US, have the Firefox desktop browser installed on a PC or Mac, and have a Firefox account. Mozilla is promising to roll the beta out to other locales and platforms over time.


To try the Firefox Private Network, visit this page and follow the instructions. You need to install the addon and then click the icon that shows up in your toolbar. Then a dropdown menu will appear allowing you to toggle the Firefox Private Network on or off.

Paid VPNs Are Better Than Free VPNs

During the beta testing phase, Firefox Private Network is completely free to use. However, it looks like Firefox’s new VPN will cost money eventually, with Mozilla mentioning it will be exploring “possible pricing options” down the line.

If Mozilla does start charging for Firefox Private Network once it officially launches, there are other options. Here are the best free VPNs for Firefox. However, before installing any of them, be aware that paid VPNs are better than free VPNs 4 Reasons a Paid VPN Is Better Than Free Ones I used to be big fan of free VPNs. Why pay when free alternatives exist, right? But it turns out they're selling you short. So here's why paid VPNs always beat free VPNs. Read More .

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  1. Cathleen Caffrey
    September 18, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    I have been totally frustrated by Mozilla's lack of support over the years. I've asked questions that are never answered. Referred to forums that are no help. Why, oh why, should I want to give more power to Mozilla?

    Also, I've read up on VPNs and see no need to have one. My banks have perfectly good login procedures and I have a well-known password manager. Is there some other reason I should care whether or not I have one?

    • GregF
      September 19, 2019 at 1:54 am

      Mozilla does provide the Firefox browsers for free and works to keep your info and privacy safe.

      Unfortunately, they do not have a huge market share. They do take donations and I guess they have partnerships that generate them a bit but obviously not enough to provide an army of tech support people.

      I'm not sure how using a beta/free version of their new VPN is giving them power since it is a free service to protect your data as it is transmitted across the web. I really don't think Mozilla is going to be using the VPN to skim your info at all--that would go against the ethos they have professed for years.

  2. Marty
    September 17, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    I'm using the Firefox VPN right now. shows my IP as an IPV6 address registered to Cloudflare Warp. This makes sense since Mozilla and Cloudflare have been working together lately.

  3. Ian
    September 13, 2019 at 7:40 am

    Need to be based in the USA ? But could you not use a VPN to use this Firefox Private Network ?