If you have wanted to check out what's on Netflix in other countries, you have probably used a VPN. Of course, VPNs also have more important reasons to be used and are an important tool, not least for browsing security. Mozilla is reportedly working on bringing a direct VPN integration to its Firefox web browser.
At the moment, Opera is the only major browser offering a built-in VPN service. Mozilla wants to join the party, but there will be one key difference. Opera's VPN is an in-house creation, whereas Firefox will rely on a third-party developer.
It is worth noting, numerous VPN providers already have extensions for Firefox. However, users still have to sign up for those services and often have a desktop version too. It is also worth remembering that most good VPN services are not free.
Mozilla's integration in Firefox seems odd as it keeps the paywall. The company has teamed up with ProtonVPN to put the VPN directly in the browser. However, users will still have to pay a subscription, likely to be $10 per month.
The only real benefit to using this instead of your current VPN/Firefox extension combination is you will not need to go to another site to download the service… It will be integrated directly into the browser. So, this seems more of a time saver than anything else.
However, Mozilla says this integration is about security. That means a pop-up recommending the VPN could appear on websites that are deemed potentially insecure.
At the moment, the feature is available in a limited test and will roll out in a future update. The test is kicking off today in the United States for users selected specifically by Mozilla. We are definitely interested to see how this works, so if you are testing the VPN, let us know how it is.
It is worth noting that numerous VPN providers such as Surfshark already offer extensions for Firefox. However, users still have to sign up for those services which offer a desktop client as well. Also, the best VPN services are not available for free.