Mozilla has released a new extension for its Firefox browser that brings anonymity and more security to its users while using the internet. Known as Firefox Private Network, it is currently in beta and launched as a part of the Test Pilot program.
For those who don’t know, Mozilla had previously scrapped the Test Pilot. Under the program, Mozilla releases new unfinished features and takes feedback from interested users who try them.
Coming back to the Firefox Private Network, the company says that it can be a really useful safety net when you’re using free Wi-Fi in a public place such as a coffee shop or at the Airport.
Firefox Private Network also hides your IP address and replaces it with another so some eavesdropper can’t trace your identity. However, contrary to what I assumed from its name, it’s not a VPN service but an encrypted proxy that’s powered by Cloudflare. In fact, Mozilla hasn’t even mentioned ‘VPN’ even once.
Right now, Firefox Private Network comes as an extension and works only for Firefox desktop users in the US. But if everything goes right, hopefully, Mozilla will make it a native feature. It could be just like the free VPN that comes preloaded with the Opera browser.
In the past, Mozilla has used the Test Pilot program to experiment with many features that are quite popular now. For instance, the built-in screenshot tool, password manager, etc.