The fear of the unknown is driving every netizen crazy. There are reports of cyberattacks and data theft almost every day.
One of the solutions being repeatedly suggested to you is to have a virtual private network (or VPN) installed on your device and stay private.
Popular web browser Mozilla Firefox has taken this seriously and is offering a VPN right within its browser so that your IP address and your browsing history can remain untraceable.
Mozilla has chosen popular VPN service ProtonVPN and is currently running a trial service within the United States.
Data Privacy the Driving Force Behind the Move
Both Mozilla and ProtonVPN have put out statements on this “teaming up” to offer one’s service on the other’s platform.
Mozilla’s Firefox has been known to be a secure browser and is used as an open source tool by web developers over decades.
The company has always professed its commitment to the privacy that the customers deserve and it claims joining hands with Proton to offer a VPN service at affordable cost to its customers is an extension of this philosophy.
ProtonVPN has its own standing within the industry and has created an expansive customer base.
How this new effort at its service being offered through the Firefox browser will pan out can be judged only after it attains certain mass.
In a blog post announcing the partnership, Mozilla says it chose ProtonVPN after completing an in-depth review of the various VPN services available on the market.
Based on this, it has chosen to go in for this partnership and unveil the VPN offer from its browser.
Proton has issued its own statement too, explaining how it respects the efforts taken by Mozilla and Firefox to protect their customers’ privacy and how it is happy to be part of this initiative.
ProtonVPN Plus on Offer
Those offering VPN services have two or three different payment packages with differential subscription charges.
Some have a basic free VPN service, too. The one chosen by Proton to offer through Mozilla Firefox is its ProtonVPN Plus service.
It has been emphasized by the company that all the benefits and features that Proton’s direct customers receive will be available to those now subscribing via Firefox as well.
This includes the 30-day money back guarantee offer.
Proton has further stated that Mozilla did a thorough exercise in checking out Proton’s capabilities in data encryption and had even sent a team to visit their facilities before signing up as a partner.
Proton feels that, by itself, is an acted example of Mozilla’s claims to protect user privacy.
Revenue May Be Shared
As mentioned, it’s still early days in the Mozilla Firefox-ProtonVPN partnership while launching a very limited release in the U.S.
They are running on a pilot level for two months where select Firefox customers will see a popup on their browser window inviting them to subscribe to ProtonVPN for a fixed plan of $10 per month.
One of the points for the popup to be triggered is if your computer happens to be connected to a weak or insecure internet connection.
The usual recommendation by cybersecurity experts is to install a VPN if you find yourself in certain situations: One of them is if you are not sure how secure your Wi-Fi router offered by your internet service provider is.
Also, a VPN is strongly recommended if you’re a person who travels frequently and ends up using public Wi-Fi on the go.
Additionally, a VPN is useful if you want to watch popular streaming programs such as Netflix while not being connected through your native ISP.
In the absence of a VPN, your IP address will be visible to Netflix and will be denied the service with a note saying you’re located beyond the area where the service is provided.
Taking a cue from this, under this new partnership between Mozilla Firefox and ProtonVPN, there is the provision where the moment your device is denied service by streaming providers like Hulu or Netflix, the popup will appear advising you to subscribe to their VPN service and enjoy the video streaming services unhindered.
Some critics, however, are questioning the ethics in this move by Mozilla Firefox by advertising on their browser for a paid service when they have spoken against ads on the web distracting the browsing public.