Best VPNs for Firefox
Even though it significantly trails behind the untouchable Google Chrome, Mozilla’s browser is still the preferred option for millions of folks online. Perhaps the biggest part of Firefox’s appeal is its FOSS (free open source software) nature and impressive security chops.
The browser also supports a plethora of excellent add-ons that allow you to manage cookies, block ads and more. Naturally, VPN support is also present via add-ons, but there are a bewildering number of options in terms of the best VPNs around. So how do you go about picking the right one for your exact needs?
Here are the top 10 best VPNs for Firefox.
1. Ivacy VPN
Ivacy is a multiple solution for your online privacy need and is certainly available in Firefox as its extension. Fast VPN servers always have the best internet speed and Ivacy manages to pull this feat with ease. It has over 450 servers in 100+ countries and can be connected to 5 devices at a time. There is a dedicated customer support for Ivacy available 24/7 if so you wish to talk to their representatives. View detailed Ivacy review for more information.
ExpressVPN offers more than 2,000 servers across 148 locations in 94 countries. In our testing, we found this VPN was a more than solid performer, particularly over long distance connections where it didn’t lose much speed at all.
The Firefox extension is rather simple and basic. There’s not much to do here: you can select a server, see your VPN status, choose to connect on browser startup and Block WebRTC to obscure your IP. The extension is not of the standalone variety so you must install the ExpressVPN app for either Windows or Mac for it to work.
On the security front, you get 256-bit encryption along with a zero-knowledge DNS solution and a network lock kill switch. ExpressVPN clearly states that it doesn't gather or log traffic data or browsing activity so your privacy will remain intact.
3. Safer VPN
SaferVPN is headquartered in the US and gives you access to more than 700 servers in over 34 countries. Its Firefox and Chrome add-ons enable you to browse and stream at faster speeds than you’d get using the VPN app. While it doesn’t offer as high a level of security as the VPN app (no encryption), it is ideal for streaming content, especially if you have an already slow connection.
SaferVPN can provide access to US Netflix by connecting through its ‘US Streaming’ servers. As for speed, it’s one of the fastest VPNs we’ve tested so there should be no issues streaming HD content or dealing with large files, even when you use the main app.
Overall, SaferVPN is solid on security and privacy front with the main VPN service providing 256-bit encryption, DNS leak protection, a kill switch, and automatic wifi protection. It keeps no traffic logs and no connection logs that can be tied to an individual user. A basic plan allows for up to five simultaneous connections.
Apps are available for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android.
PureVPN is based in Hong Kong. It's an excellent choice for those who want to access the web from China. The VPN is good at getting around regional restrictions on streaming services, including Netflix. The browser add-on only came out in March 2017, so if you didn't realize it existed, it's probably because you've been reading out-of-date reviews. The features of this add-on include WebRTC blocking, anti-malware processes, ad blocking, and tracker blocking. This is a full VPN implementation, so you also get a kill switch, IP leak prevention, and DNS leak protection.
Panama-based NordVPN operates a network of more than 3,300 servers in over 60 countries. Its Firefox extension can be used alone, without the use of the app. It, therefore, offers a lightweight alternative to using a full VPN service. What’s more, unlike many proxy extensions, NordVPN claims to encrypt traffic through its Firefox extension as well as provide IP leak protection.
Settings can be configured such that the add-on connects as soon as you open the Firefox browser. A neat CyberSec feature will block suspicious websites to prevent malware and other threats from infecting your device.
NordVPN is a popular option for those looking to stream. The VPN service pegs some fast speeds and can unblock sites like US Netflix, Amazon Prime, and BBC iPlayer, HBO, and Hulu.
A strict no-logs policy makes this provider ideal for the privacy-conscious user. Within the main VPN client, DNS leak protection and a built-in kill switch ensure that your IP is never leaked. Security is provided by military-grade 256-bit encryption. The basic NordVPN package enables you to connect six devices simultaneously. If you tend you switch between Firefox and Chrome, you’re in luck, as there’s a Chrome extension available too.
The drop-down interface of the Windscribe Firefox add-on is very small, but it packs a punch. The main screen gives you the ability to select a server location and turn the VPN on or off. There is another feature on that screen, called Secure.link. This is a unique utility that scans a web page and reports on its security risks. Over on the "Settings" tab, you get a whole bunch of other privacy protection utilities. These include an ad blocker and a tracker blocker. The add-on can also strip out social media buttons from web pages. Plus, it sends false information about the "user agents" that can identify you even if your IP address is hidden. The free version of this VPN gives you all the privacy features of the paid version and an allowance of 10 GB of data per month. If you install the app as well, you can turn them both on, set to different server locations and create a "double-hop" VPN connection.
ZenMate has a paid version and a free version. Both service levels can be accessed from the company's Firefox add-on, and both give full VPN protection. The paid version gives you the right to use ZenMate servers in 30 countries. You only get access to four with the free version (Germany, Hong Kong, the US, and Romania). There's an ad blocker in the add-on, but the company sneaks in its own consumer guidance utility in the free version, which earns it money. This is "Smart Price," which compares prices from around the web for products that you are looking at in the browser and suggests better deals. If you find this promotional feature intrusive, you can turn it off. You can specify which server location you want to use for specific websites and the add-on will switch servers whenever you surf to a listed site.
8. CyberGhost VPN
Based in Romania, CyberGhost runs a network of over 1,200 servers in 57 countries. While it doesn’t offer a dedicated Firefox add-on, CyberGhost does provide automatic browser protection which currently supports Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer.
You can use any of these to take advantage of CyberGhost’s newly revamped streaming options. Within the client, you can select the site you want to access, such as US Netflix, Hulu, or BBC iPlayer, and you’ll be connected to the appropriate server.
CyberGhost protects your privacy by maintaining a no-logs policy. Some connection logs are kept but cannot be tied to a specific user. Like many others on the list, this provider uses 256-bit encryption which is as good as it gets. You also have a kill switch and DNS leak protection to help protect your IP. A CyberGhost plan enables you to connect up to five devices simultaneously.
Apps are available for Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android.
9. Hotspot Shield
The Hotspot Shield extension for Firefox is completely free with unlimited bandwidth. As is the case with the provider’s Chrome offering, one simple click is all it takes to connect. In terms of configuration options, you’re limited to choosing four server locations, but on the positive side, this extension isn’t ad-supported.
Our performance tests delivered some excellent results, with both upload and download speeds increasing a bit once connected to the VPN (almost by a third in terms of uploads). The company uses 256-bit encryption and privacy-wise there's the standard ‘no logging’ claim meaning the firm doesn’t track your online activities.
IPVanish offers the perfect balance of security and speed. With its 1,000+ servers and 40,000+ IP addresses, you can break through almost any online barrier with IPVanish. It also has a simple yet appealing user interface that allows users to change basic settings and set for filters for server search easily.
However, IPVanish does not have a dedicated extension for Firefox. Therefore, if you want to setup VPN Firefox, you will have to download the app on your device first and then use Firefox. Check out our detailed IPVanish review for more details.
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