Firefox is said to be the browser for data protection fans and users who value security more than the average. But Mozilla now also wants to earn money directly and so the Firefox makers started their own VPN in 2020. But Mozilla VPN was not yet available in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. That has changed. CHIP has Mozilla VPN in the test.
VPNs are booming and the makers of Firefox also have it Mozilla VPN a solution ready. It started in mid-2020, but in Germany the “Firefox VPN” has only been available since April 29, 2021. Now are too Austria and Switzerland with it. The term “Firefox VPN” is misleading, because the VPN does not only work in the browser, but system-wide. There is a Windows client as well as apps for Android and iOS. Unfortunately, there is no free trial version with which Mozilla VPN can be tried out for free. You have to jump into a buying plan right away. The costs:
- 9.99 euros / 10.99 CHF per month
- 6.99 euros / 7.99 CHF per month with a 6-month subscription
- 4.99 euros / 5.99 CHF per month as an annual subscription
Mozilla has at least a 30-day money-back guarantee at the start, i.e. if paying customers are not satisfied at all, the costs for the first month will be reimbursed. A Firefox account is required to use it, by the way, the Firefox browser itself is not absolutely necessary. What surprised us: There are no browser extensions for the Mozilla VPN.
The Mozilla VPN can do that
Mozilla VPN does not use its own infrastructure, it is based on it Mole VPN as a partner. There is nothing to be said against this, especially because Mozilla makes no secret of it. With WireGuard, they have also opted for an absolutely hip VPN protocol, the greatest advantage of which is an extremely lean way of working with high security. 754 VPN servers in 36 countries are currently available, other VPN providers can do a lot more, but the offer is okay. With a paid subscription you bring 5 devices into the VPN, which is also solid. The subscription is paid for either by credit card or PayPal, so there is no anonymous payment option.
If you look into the Data protection declaration for the Mozilla VPN, then the game is played with open cards. A Firefox account is required, the IP address is used to determine the approximate location because the service is not yet available everywhere. Mozilla also receives usage data, such as when users log in and request the server list. The IP addresses should only appear “briefly” in the server log, the VPN provider Mullvad does not keep any server logs relating to activities. A closer look shows that only the number of parallel connections and a few system values such as CPU load are recorded.
Otherwise, the VPN client is quite clear, in the Windows version it sits in the systray and, in addition to a large on / off switch, only displays a server list and a display of how many of the five permitted devices are already connected to the VPN. There is a kill switch that cuts the Internet connection if the VPN stops, but the client does not buy a switch for the user. You can keep an eye on the current download and upload via a small information button, the settings are not very useful, and you will look in vain for specialties such as split tunneling, multihop or gate connection.
Mozilla VPN im Test
We chased Mozilla VPN through our testing scheme, which we will follow for our next one VPN comparison test use. The bottom line is that Mozilla VPN does not do badly here, but there are better alternatives. But first things first, the connection setup works fairly quickly, but when switching servers, Mozilla VPN takes a few seconds too long. From time to time it also happens that there is no internet connection for a moment, we book that under teething problems.
Our benchmarks show that our 230 Mbit download rate is slowed down to around 100 Mbit when the VPN is switched on, although the speed naturally varies depending on the server. There is no selection option for the “fastest server”. When uploading, we only get around 9 instead of 14 Mbit / s. There are significantly faster providers here.
Anyone thinking of using foreign streaming services with Mozilla VPN will only be partially happy. Netflix in the US works for us, as does access to BBC content in the UK, but for example the US offer of HBO Now is blocking us. The selection of the server is also a gamble because Mozilla does not mark it here. File sharing via torrents is also possible, but there are no special servers here either. In terms of usability, other offers also offer more. In the leak test, we could not find any abnormalities, IP addresses, DNS and WebRTC data are protected.
ProtonVPN free testen
If you don’t feel like spending money on a VPN, you can take another route. Before Mullvad VPN, Mozilla started a test with ProtonVPN. That is also a very good choice. In addition to the paid version, there is also a free version of ProtonVPN, with which you can get started with VPN without obligation.
You can even use the plus version for the first 7 days, if you want to continue after that, you will revert to the free version. In contrast to the paid version, it is limited, only supports three countries, its speed is reduced and can only be used on one device, but it is enough to try it out and, above all, it can be used permanently for free.