Aligning on their mutual core missions of protecting privacy and security online, Mozilla, creator of Firefox, and ProtonVPN, a project born out of a desire to better protect the people who use ProtonMail, have partnered on an experiment to find new ways to keep Internet users safe while simultaneously ensuring that open source and non-profit software development gets the resources that it deserves.
Harnessing Swiss Privacy Laws
Proton Technologies was born at CERN, where its team of scientists, engineers, and developers met and were joined by a shared vision of protecting our data and civil liberties online, and are headquartered in Switzerland, which is home to some of the world's strongest privacy laws. The team is developing and widely distributing the tools necessary in building the encrypted communication technologies of the future.
In 2014, ProtonMail was built to make online privacy a reality for millions of people around the world, by challenging governments, educating the public, and training journalists. Proton’s two products, ProtonMail and ProtonVPN, were created with the goal of building an internet that is secure and protects and respects our privacy. ProtonVPN currently protects nearly one million users around the world and aims to expand this to another three billion Internet users by working with Mozilla on an experiment to introduce ProtonVPN to a wider audience.
Championing Privacy Online
Mozilla’s global community of technologists, thinkers, and builders are working together to keep the Internet alive and accessible, so people worldwide can be informed contributors and creators of the Web. They believe this act of human collaboration across an open platform is essential to individual growth and our collective future.
Through their open source projects, such as the Firefox web browser, Mozilla has long advocated strong security practices and has been a leading voice in fighting for privacy rights. Across numerous studies, Mozilla consistently received feedback from their users that they want Firefox to protect their privacy on public networks like cafes and airports.
What is a VPN?
A VPN is an online service and a piece of software that work together to secure your Internet connection against monitoring and eavesdropping. By encrypting all your internet traffic and routing it through a secure server, a VPN prevents your ISP (Internet service provider), school, or government from seeing which websites you visit and tracing your online activity back to your IP address. A VPN can also offer valuable peace of mind when you’re using an unsecured public Wi-Fi network, like the one at the airport or your local coffee shop.
A small, random group of US-based Firefox users will be shown a recommendation to get better online privacy with a ProtonVPN monthly subscription that’s been vetted and approved by Mozilla. After signing up for a subscription they will be able to download and install the VPN software. These subscriptions will be billed directly by Mozilla and the majority of the revenue from these subscriptions will go to Mozilla, directly supporting Mozilla’s mission. Even though Mozilla will process these subscriptions, users who subscribe to the service through Mozilla will still receive the exact same software and benefits that come with the ProtonVPN Plus subscription.
If the experiment goes well, the partnership may be expanded to potentially offer ProtonVPN to over 300 million Mozilla users, significantly increasing security and privacy around the world.