Mozilla is Bringing Back Its Beta Program and First up is Its New VPN

By Shabana Arif on at

A new Firefox extension will give users an added layer of privacy although it's only rolling out in the US for now for Firefox desktop users.

Mozilla announced the return of its Test Pilot Program this week which launches with the Firefox Private Network Beta - a VPN, essentially.

"One of the key learnings from recent events is that there is growing demand for privacy features. The Firefox Private Network is 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," reads the blog post.

The key features include hiding users' IP addresses, and protection when using public WiFi access points. And for ease of use, you can toggle it on and off at the click of a mouse button.

Mozilla anticipates a number of iterations of the VPN over the next few months with beta participants' feedback being dubbed "essential" when it comes to sussing out the "full complement of services that address the problems you face online with the right-priced service solutions."

You can sign up for a Firefox account - again, you need to be in the US - to give it a whirl.

Back in July, the company was named an 'internet villain' for for its "approach to introduce DNS-over-HTTPS" which would "bypass UK filtering obligations and parental controls, undermining internet safety standards in the UK," according to The Internet Services Providers Association (ISPAUK).

At the time, Mozilla said it was "currently exploring potential DoH partners in Europe to bring this important security feature to users there," saying that "this technology will enhance the security of UK citizens and businesses, at a time when the threat landscape continues to widen."