While Firefox Private Network will be available only to desktop users from the United States, it is expected that after the beta is completed the service will be available for mobile users. Testing the VPN service marked the return of the Firefox Test Pilot program, in which users have the opportunity to try out new experimental features before their full release.
In January of this year, the Firefox Test Pilot program was closed, but now returned from some changes. Now the tested products can be located outside the ecosystem of the Firefox browser, as well as the developers promise that the products will be more refined, almost ready for release.
Firefox Private Network will work like any other VPN, that is, encrypt and route all connections through a set of remote proxy servers, thereby protecting user traffic. The infrastructure for the new VPN service is provided by Cloudflare.
While VPN is free for all testers, but after the release, the product is likely to become paid. Let me remind you that in June of this year, the head of Mozilla Corporation, Chris Beard, said that by the end of 2019 a paid service package for Firefox, available by subscription, will be presented. Then Beard said that this package should include a VPN and a secure space for data storage.
The fact is that Mozilla has long been looking for new ways to monetize, because at present about 90% of the organization’s income is money from partnerships with search engines (mainly Google).