Mozilla is bringing back its Firefox Pilot test program so users can try new features and services. The first new project is the Firefox Private Network VPN service.
The program, which was launched for the first time three years ago, was discontinued earlier this year. Now the company has decided to bring it back with some changes. In a blog post announcing the return of the Firefox Test Pilot program, Marissa Wood, Vice President of Product at Mozilla, explained how the newly launched version will differ from the original:
"The difference with the newly launched Test Pilot program is that these products and services may be outside of the Firefox browser and are far more sophisticated, just one step away from the general release."
Rather than allowing users to try new ideas from the Firefox team, the new Testpilot program will be more like a public beta test program, as users will try out new products and services before they officially launch.
Firefox Private Network
Mozilla's private Firefox network may not contain the word VPN in its name, but it does offer many of the same features of a VPN to users, including the ability to access a private network via public WLAN and hide their sites and trackers online.
Wood also explained why the company decided to add a VPN to its web browser:
"One of the key lessons learned from recent events is the growing demand for privacy features. The Firefox Private Network is an extension that provides a secure, encrypted path to the Web to protect your connection and personal information wherever and wherever you use your Firefox browser. "
Mozilla has selected Cloudflare as the partner to launch Firefox Private Network, and the service will use the company's proxy server. The new VPN product is now available as a Firefox extension. However, you must be in the US and use Firefox on your desktop to use the service. Firefox Private Network is currently free, but Mozilla may charge the service in the future.
This is not the first time that Mozilla has included a VPN in its browser, as it has partnered with ProtonVPN over the past year to offer its users a similar service for $ 10 per month.
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