The Mozilla VPN also arrives in Italy: from today you can subscribe to three different plans, which provide for the monthly payment of 9.99 euros each month, 6.99 euros per month if you pay every 6 months and 4.99 euros per month if you subscribe for a whole year.
The annual plan therefore costs 60 euros a year, and guarantees safe and unconstrained browsing: Mozilla promises not to block downloads or video streaming, nor to reduce the browsing speed which will always remain the maximum possible in obviously related to the availability of bandwidth on the servers.
What is a VPN for? In fact it is a disguise, which allows you to browse freely without being recognized.
Mozilla launched its VPN for a very simple reason: millions of people today rely on what are public hotspots for browsing. There are those who work from bars, while those who work as a “guest” in other offices: all the traffic we do with our computer, even if now on an encrypted and secure connection, can be intercepted by those who manage that hotspot and that connection . The VPN thus protects privacy and allows browsing in total safety.
Mozilla repeatedly specifies that its VPN it is designed for travelers who often use public hotspots, but obviously the solution is also suitable for those who usually surf from home and simply want to hide their habits from third parties.
Using it is very simple: choose the server and go
Using Mozilla’s VPN is absolutely simple: just download the client, enter your credentials and start protected browsing. The maximum number of supported devices is 5 and there are currently about 400 servers to rely on around the world: Mozilla relies on Mullvad as a VPN provider, and among Mullvad’s servers (800) it connects to those on which WireGuard is installed as a VPN service (on the others there is OpenVPN).
The list of servers is available on the Mullvad website, but it is also useless to look at it: some servers are 10 Gbps and others at 1 Gbps, but the server is chosen randomly by the client depending on availability and to make the system more secure, the user can only choose the location.
Why WireGuard? Because it is definitely faster and more advanced than OpenVPN: WireGuard’s open code has just over 4000 lines of code, very few if we consider that OpenVPN has almost 70,000 and that IPSec, another solution, has 112,000. On a solution that must guarantee maximum data security, having fewer lines also means having greater control over any bugs. Not only that: WireGuard is much faster in the handshake phase, since it works more or less like SSH and exchanges public keys, and it is also much lighter.
Mozilla with Firefox has been pushing for privacy and network security for years, and obviously a VPN provider must first of all give “trust”: if it is true that we no longer give our data to those who manage hotspots and servers, it is also It is true that we are giving them to whoever manages the VPN. Here the company puts its face on it, and promises that “they do not keep any logs of network activities, do not track or share this data “ with nobody.
And, of course, they don’t resell them. “We only collect what we need, trying, when possible, to anonymize the collected data and deleting them when they are no longer needed”Explain in the FAQ.
Using the VPN is very simple: just download the client, enter your username and password, choose the server and connect.
In less than two seconds the tunnel is active, and for all clients, which is no small feat, there is also the “kill switch” function active by default.
The Kill Switch is a very well-known feature to those who use a VPN: it blocks all types of connections in case the VPN falls or is unstable, to prevent clear calls from being made. This is often overlooked when using a VPN, but in many cases if the VPN goes down, the client and server continue to exchange data using the normal unsecured connection, and the effectiveness of the VPN fails. The Kill Switch avoids this, and on all Mozilla clients it has it integrated on by default.
Performance is very much related to the server chosen and also to the type of client: by connecting to the same server from Linux or macOS you can get a slightly higher speed than Windows, and the same thing goes for iOS compared to Android. The latency is still very low, and the connection seemed absolutely stable.
On Android, if desired, there is also the Split Tunnel: it allows you to choose which apps browse securely and which don’t. This is probably the element that slightly impacts performance in terms of traffic and latency.
One thing must be clear: Mozilla’s VPN is a VPN designed for those who want to protect their privacy and for those who want to surf in a safe and secure way. It is not designed for those who want to “abuse”: Netflix, for example, from many “locations” can detect the presence of the VPN and above all there are no clients for FireTV Stick or Smart TV, which effectively defuses the use as VPN to protect any “pezz8 style” IPTV viewing.
Mozilla in fact, although it protects users’ privacy, still asks for a credit card registration to the service, so it is not completely anonymous like other VPNs that also offer multi-hop and are designed to protect illegal activities. Since it is an American company, it is in any case subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, and must provide the few data collected if requested. Mozilla is very clear in handling the data required by VPN users. Here is what data it collects.
Firefox Account Information: email address, locale and IP address.
Location information. Mozilla VPN receives your IP address from your Firefox account when you register and use the service. We use the IP address to find your approximate location as Mozilla VPN is currently only available in certain countries.
Payment information. When you sign up for Mozilla VPN, your billing will be handled through one of our third-party payment service providers: Stripe, Apple, PayPal, or Google Pay. Mozilla receives a record of your account (which includes your billing address and the last four digits of your payment method) and the status of your subscription. Mozilla does not store complete payment details.
Interaction data. Mozilla receives data about your interactions with Mozilla VPN, including when you log in and when you request the server list.
Technical data. Mozilla receives basic information from Mozilla VPN about the installed VPN version and the devices it is installed on, including the operating system and hardware configuration. When Mozilla VPN connects to our servers to authenticate and update your Mozilla VPN account, your IP address is temporarily collected as part of the server logs. When you use the Mozilla VPN service, our partner Mullvad does not keep any server logs with your network activities.
Overall the Mozilla solution it is an excellent compromise between ease, speed and price. There are no hidden costs, you do not pay by traffic: with a subscription that is sold at an overall low price, 60 euros per year, a person can protect his navigation and protect his privacy with all the devices he uses, from tablet to smartphone through various PCs, both at home and in the office.
An account is also sufficient for the devices of an entire family, but you must still be careful about the number: maximum 5, on this Mozilla is quite inflexible.