Mozilla VPN Review: Is It a Game Changer?

Rating:

8/10

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  • 1 – Does not work
  • 2 – Barely functional
  • 3 – Severely lacking in most areas
  • 4 – Functions, but has numerous issues
  • 5 – Fine yet leaves a lot to be desired
  • 6 – Good enough to buy on sale
  • 7 – Great and worth purchasing
  • 8 – Fantastic, approaching best-in-class
  • 9 – Best-in-class
  • 10 – Borderline perfection

Price:
Starting At $4.99/month

Mozilla VPN on a white background
Mozilla

As the name suggests, Mozilla VPN is a VPN from Mozilla, the privacy-focused group behind the Firefox browser, among others. Originally developed as a browser extension for Firefox, Mozilla VPN is now a fully-fledged standalone VPN; I took it through its paces to see how it fits in with the market.

Mozilla VPN performs very well, which is no wonder since it makes use of Mullvad’s network, which is one of the best VPN services around. That said, it still has enough character that it can stand on its own, especially when it comes to ease of use and how it helps newbies get along.

Here’s What We Like

  • Very fast
  • Beginner-friendly
  • Reasonably priced

And What We Don’t

  • Not a huge number of servers
  • Not great for Netflix

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Using Mozilla VPN

One of Mozilla VPN’s main merits is its interface. The client is a mobile-style app (regardless of the operating system) and has four buttons on the main screen. You have a button for settings, one to connect the VPN, and one to select servers.

Mozilla VPN main interface

The fourth lets you see all of your account’s associated devices. Mozilla VPN lets you connect up to five, capping your simultaneous connections that way.

Mozilla VPN devices

As you can see, I tested Mozilla VPN on Linux and Android, though it also has clients and apps for Windows, Mac, and iPhone/iPad. In my experience, the app was a dream to use, without any issues or hangups.

Getting started with Mozilla VPN

If you’re new to VPNs, Mozilla VPN is a great choice as no other VPN will introduce you quite this well. When you start, you’ll be greeted by the option to take a small tour of the VPN. This doesn’t take long since, well, the app only has four buttons, but Mozilla does go through the trouble of explaining what VPNs can and cannot do.

Mozilla VPN tour

There’s also a guide to what servers are best for you, which country to connect to, and more besides. It’s a great introduction to VPNs and one that puts most other providers to shame. If you’re not entirely confident about what your new VPN is good for, these guides are great.

Connecting and Choosing Servers

Picking servers is pretty easy: Click on the “>” button under “Select location” and you get an alphabetical list of countries to choose from. Each country then has a drop-down menu of cities. The list is easy to navigate, which in part is due to the small number of servers, but it works well and connection speeds are blazing fast.

Selecting servers in Mozilla VPN

Though small, the network has a decent spread throughout the world. I’d rate it a bit better than that of IVPN, but well below the network of Surfshark or NordVPN, each of which seems to have servers just about everywhere. It’s a bit odd for a company like Mozilla to have a small spread, but I can only assume it’s being expanded on.

Settings

The settings menu is also easy to use, offering just a handful of advanced settings and that’s it. All the options come with a short explanation of what they do, and also with a warning that you shouldn’t mess with them unless you’re sure of what you’re doing. Please heed this warning.

Setting on the Mozilla VPN app

If you know a bit more about VPNs, you may feel a little hemmed in by Mozilla VPN as it gives you very little to fiddle with. As a result, if you like your VPN to behave just so or you need advanced settings, it may not be the best pick for you.

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What Can Mozilla VPN Do?

Now that we have an idea of how Mozilla VPN works, let’s take a look at what it can do. Unsurprisingly, it can do a whole lot. While it doesn’t have a laundry list of extras as advertised by ExpressVPN or NordVPN, it knocks out all the basics that you could need.

As you’d expect from a network run by Mullvad, there are no security flaws of any kind, at least none that I could find. Mozilla VPN uses WireGuard as its only VPN protocol, which is a good choice as it makes it very fast. That said, I prefer OpenVPN as it has a better track record overall, and I do wish it was an option.

The VPN also offers split tunneling of a sort, letting you exclude apps from using the VPN, handy if you want a Steam download to run at its usual speed. The only weird thing here is that it’s named oddly: you can find it under “app permissions’” in the settings menu.

Mozilla VPN's split tunneling

Multi-Hop

One nifty feature Mozilla VPN includes is multi-hop functionality, which is really just a double VPN by another name. It allows you to connect to one server, and then another, supposedly giving you double the protection. I’m a little skeptical of doing this myself, as I figure if one connection won’t protect you, why would two, but it may contribute to some people’s peace of mind.

Mozilla VPN multi-hop selection

Other VPN providers like NordVPN offer it, too, but what I like about Mozilla is that it will let you double-hop any server on the network, not just for a pre-set list. If multi-hop is high on your list of needs, Mozilla VPN may be the ticket.

Netflix and Mozilla VPN

The last important feature is, of course, unblocking Netflix. Here, Mozilla VPN isn’t great: I tried about five servers and only one got through, which is more or less as good as Mullvad does in this regard. If getting through to Netflix is your main objective, you may want to check out our ExpressVPN review.

Speed

When it comes to speed, it’s a good thing Mozilla VPN uses Mullvad’s network. Mullvad is the fastest VPN out there by far, and I got the same amazing results for Mozilla VPN when doing the speed test. Seriously, it doesn’t get much better than this table:

Location Ping (ms) Download (Mbps) Upload (Mbps)
Cyprus (unprotected) 5 57 42
Israel 87 49 40
United Kingdom 67 56 40
New York City 135 44 39
Japan 259 54 34

As usual, I connected from Cyprus to a set list of locations, each one a little further than the last. My base speed was just under 60Mbps, and I got great results wherever I connected. No matter if it was to Israel just over the sea or to the Big Apple, I could count on speeds being high. Ping was another matter, but the VPN that can deal with that issue has yet to be invented.

How Much Does Mozilla VPN Cost?

When it comes to price, Mozilla VPN seems to again have taken its cues from Mullvad, offering a VPN for around $5 per month; Mullvad charges 5 euros. Mozilla VPN is thus a little cheaper, but is also less flexible—you only pay that price if you sign up for a year. Going month-to-month, it costs an insane $10/month, which is likely just to convince you to sign up for a year.

Mozilla VPN pricing

Overall, I think the price is good. Sure, Mozilla VPN doesn’t do great with Netflix, but it’s fast and secure and has the reputation for privacy that Mozilla brings—more on that later. This sets the VPN apart from most other VPN of a similar price point, like PureVPN or Surfshark.

However, when compared to Mullvad, I feel the pendulum swings the other way. While Mozilla VPN is a smidge cheaper, I think Mullvad offers slightly better value for money: it has more servers, allows you to use OpenVPN, and doesn’t lock you into an annual contract. That said, the difference is small enough that it really comes down to taste.

Mozilla VPN Availability

You should note, though, that Mozilla VPN currently isn’t available everywhere in the world. An updated list can be found on the company’s website, but at the time of writing, you can only become a customer if you live in the United States or a handful of Western European countries—I got special permission to use it from Cyprus.

I have no idea why it’s geolocked, I mean, the whole point of a VPN is to move between countries, in a way, but I can assume Mozilla VPN will be rolled out to more countries as time goes on.

Is Mozilla VPN Trustworthy?

Probably one of the biggest draws for using Mozilla VPN is the excellent reputation enjoyed by the organization behind it. Mozilla has a strong reputation for guarding users’ privacy, and while I won’t challenge that directly, there are a few things in the privacy policy that gave me pause.

Mozilla outlines what data it does and does not collect, what it does with that data, and why. Since it does not run the network itself, this is mainly contained to when you access the service and how long. This information is used for marketing by Mozilla, though the data is anonymized—and you can opt-out.

Mozilla opt-out for data collection

Personally, I opted out, and I recommend you do the same. While I trust Mozilla, I’m not a fan of leaving data lying around in anybody’s hands. A lucky hacker can get through anything and gain access to it. It’s best to be safe and not have any data collected at all.

As for network activity, this is collected by Mullvad and thus safe: the company is a textbook example of how VPNs should destroy logs.

Should You Subscribe to Mozilla VPN?

Mozilla VPN is a great VPN and it’s useful for anybody. Its only weaknesses are its mediocre streaming abilities, though those are balanced out by fantastic performance in every other reward and Mozilla’s guarantees of privacy.

Personally, I prefer Mullvad a tiny bit more, but as I mentioned earlier, that boils down to taste. If you’re looking for a great VPN, there’s no doubt that Mozilla VPN and Mullvad are the gold standard, with IVPN an extremely close second.

Rating:
8/10

Price:
Starting At $4.99/month

Here’s What We Like

  • Very fast
  • Beginner-friendly
  • Reasonably priced

And What We Don’t

  • Not a huge number of servers
  • Not great for Netflix