Mozilla Firefox is becoming an increasingly popular browser choice for those looking to switch from Google Chrome, however other than a few extra features it doesn’t actually protect your privacy any more than Chrome does.
This is why it’s essential to use a VPN to keep your ISP from viewing everything you do online, as well as protecting your confidential data from potential snoopers and hackers.
Our top picks for Firefox offer a smooth, lightweight experience for heavy browser users while protecting your privacy with WebRTC blocking and minimal (or even zero) logging.
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Our top picks for Firefox all provide a sleek and secure browser extension for Firefox as well as user-friendly apps for a range of devices.
They offer top-class performance, and work to access popular streaming sites like Netflix and BBC iPlayer. They also pack in a decent amount of advanced security features and have privacy-friendly logging policies so that none of your online activity can be traced back to you.
We are constantly running tests on all of the VPNs featured on our site to make sure we can give you the freshest, most accurate reviews and recommendations we possibly can. Our proprietary speed test tool monitors performance in loads of popular countries across the globe, meaning we can provide you with some of the most accurate data in the world.
Before you begin using a VPN on Firefox, you’ll have to decide whether you’re going to opt for a paid subscription or use a free service.
Free Firefox extensions are almost always proxies that mask your IP and allow you to access blocked content, however they won’t encrypt your web traffic, so the owner of the server you connect to will still be able to view your browsing history. Most of them are also subject to very restrictive data caps (around 500MB) so you’ll be very limited to what you can actually do online. If you pay for a subscription you’ll be able to use it on other apps as well as Firefox, and also won’t have to put up with running out of data at any point.
Once you’ve chosen your provider, installing the Firefox extension onto your browser is simple and takes just minutes to set up – for detailed instructions take a look at our guide on How to Install a VPN on Firefox. After that, using a VPN on Firefox is pretty much the same as using it on any other platform. All you have to do is choose a location and you’ll appear to be connecting out from that location – this means that anyone trying to track you won’t be able to see where you really are.
For the quickest possible speeds, you’ll want to choose a server as close as you can to your physical location. Most providers have an automatic setting that’ll do this for you, but if not, just choose one that’s in the same country and you shouldn’t have any issues.
Once you’re connected to the VPN, simply carry on using Firefox as you normally would. It’s important to remember that if you’re just using the Firefox extension and no other form of VPN app (i.e. desktop or mobile) you’re only masking the IP of your browser traffic. This means that any apps you use outside of your browser (such as Spotify) aren’t protected and are visible to your ISP and potentially other third parties. In most cases, we’d suggest using the extension on top of the desktop app for the highest level of privacy.
All top-tier VPN providers offer custom apps for desktop and mobile, however only a handful offer decent extensions for Firefox browsers. Our top picks all boast sleek, user-friendly Firefox extensions that encrypt your browser traffic securely – be wary of proxies that spoof your IP address but leave web traffic unencrypted.
There’s not much point choosing a VPN with a great Firefox extension if sub-standard performance is going to limit what you’re able to do online. As a general rule, the faster speeds, the better, and you should also look for low latency on local servers for a seamless browsing experience.
In order to get the best possible performance, you need to choose a VPN server close to your physical location. A higher number of individual servers tends to mean less congestion and improved speeds but unfortunately this isn’t always the case.
Take a look at our speed test results to get the best idea, especially if you’re looking to connect to a specific country.
Do you enjoy using streaming sites such as Netflix or BBC iPlayer? Not all VPNs will work with these websites. We are continuously testing whether each VPN is working with Netflix and other popular sites, and share these results in our VPN reviews.
Most VPNs will claim to be completely “zero logs” but this is almost never the case. In order to deliver a decent level of server performance across a worldwide network, most providers will need to monitor at least some user connection details to ensure servers aren’t becoming overcrowded.
We summarize providers’ privacy policies in plain English in the logging policy section of our reviews, meaning you don’t have to spend your time reading through them all. Ideally you want to choose a provider that doesn’t log any details that could be used to personally identify you, or even better, one that doesn’t collect any logs whatsoever.
Most of you aren’t only going to be using a VPN with Firefox, so you need to choose a provider that offers a good range of custom apps designed for both desktop and mobile. Look for a VPN with software that’s well-designed, user-friendly and powerful and you will be much more likely to use it on a regular basis.
We share the results of our hands-on testing of each VPN app in the the Ease of Use part of its review. We spend all day testing VPN apps, so hopefully we know a thing or two!
Even the most expensive VPN plans are very affordable but you will likely have a budget in mind.
12-month plans typically offer the best value and you can reduce the risk of buyer’s remorse by choosing a VPN with a long refund period, preferably 30 days and with no questions asked. These guarantees are much more common than traditional free trials but are essentially the same thing.