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5 Best VPNs for Firefox

Although now superseded by Google Chrome in the hearts of the internet savvy general public (we will ignore IE in the same way that we wish everyone else would), Mozilla’s Netscape-derived browser still attracts more that 450 million users, making it the third most popular browser in the world.

More importantly, it is our favorite browser because it is completely free and open source (FOSS), so you know that the likes of Google, Apple and Microsoft are not using it to spy on you. Co-founder and chief technology officer at the Mozilla Foundation, Brendan Erich, even went so far as to write a blog post encouraging security researchers around the world to regularly audit the code of the browser. Although the idea is probably wildly impractical, we love the attitude, and view open-source code as the best protection available against tampering by the likes of the NSA.

Firefox also supports a wealth of excellent browser extensions that can block unwanted ads, prevent tracking by online advertising and analytics company’s, manage your cookies, and much more. See here for our list of favorite security-related Firefox extensions.

Another great thing about Firefox is that it lets you delve ‘beneath the hood’ and dabble with its deepest settings. This lets you do loads of funky things, but see our article for a list of security and privacy related settings you can dabble with.

As far as we are concerned, Firefox is the number one browser choice when it comes to security, a view obviously shared by the Tor Project, who use Firefox as the basis of their Tor Bundle privacy suite.

When you use VPN, all your internet traffic gets routed through a securely encrypted VPN tunnel, so all browsers work just fine with any VPN service. However Firefox’s open source nature, together the wealth of security related customizations and extensions it allows, makes it a perfect companion for VPN, ensuring that your browsing experience is as secure and private as possible.


Summary

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logo $9.00/mo Read Review > Visit Site >

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logo $6.95/mo Read Review > Visit Site >

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logo $7.00/mo Read Review > Visit Site >

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logo $4.99/mo Read Review > Visit Site >

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logo $6.99/mo Read Review > Visit Site >
Winner

AirVPN

  • PROS
  • Accepts Bitcoin
  • No logs
  • 256-bit AES encryption
  • Dynamic port forwarding
  • Real-time user and server statistics
  • Support for Tor over VPN and VPN through SSL and SSH tunnels, good speeds
  • 3 day free trial
  • P2P: yes
  • CONS
  • 0 simultaneous connections by default (but more can be purchased)

AirVPN is a company who really cares about privacy. Founded by activists and net neutrality activists following a Pirate Party festival in Rome, AirVPN uses strong 256-bit AES encryption, keep no logs (the European DRD does not apply to VPNs in Italy), uses shared IPs (making individual identification of users with net activity very hard), and offers ‘net transparency’ using detailed real-time server statistics. It also supports exotic technologies such as VPN over Tor, and VPN through SSH and SSL tunnels for when security is absolutely essential. The only slight downside is that only one simultaneous connection is allowed by default, but more can be added for $2 per month.

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2nd place

PIA

  • PROS
  • Accepts Bitcoin
  • No logs
  • Fast
  • Up to 256-bit AES OpenVPN encryption
  • Client features port forwarding
  • VPN kill switch and DNS leak protection
  • P2P: yes
  • 3 simultaneous connections
  • CONS
  • No free trial
  • US based company

What with the NSA and everything, the fact that PIA is a US based company worries us, but leaving this aside, it is one of the most fully featured, professional, and speedy providers out there. Its Windows and OSX client features DNS leak protection, IPv6 leak protection, port forwarding and an internet kill switch, it has a great Android app, and preconfigured DD-WRT and Tomato routers are available. Even better, it now supports some of the strongest encryption available in the VPN game, with up to 256-bit AES OpenVPN encryption, SHA-256 hash authentication and 4096-bit RSA handshake, it keeps no logs, and uses shared IPs. Also very handy is the 5 simultaneous connects it lets you have, and the fact that it is very cheap.

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3rd place

Mullvad

  • PROS
  • Accepts Bitcoin
  • No logs
  • Good speeds
  • Cheap
  • Client features internet kill switch and DNS leak protection
  • P2P: yes
  • Ervers in Sweden and Netherlands
  • 3 simultaneous connections
  • CONS
  • Avoid servers in Germany
  • Encryption could be better

A small VPN outfit from Sweden, Mullvad gets on our good side by keeping no logs, using shared IPs, and accepting not just Bitcoin payments, but cash sent in the post! The Windows, OSX and Linux client with DNS leak protection, an internet kill switch, port forwarding, and server load information is also very good, as is the 3 simultaneous connections allowed. Many of Mullvad’s servers are in Germany (a bad place for VPN servers to be located), but as long as you avoid these, Mullvad is an excellent choice.

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4th place

CactusVPN

  • PROS
  • No usage logs
  • 256-bit AES OpenVPN and SSTP encryption
  • Blazing fast
  • AutoProxy
  • Neat client with Application Killer
  • P2P: yes
  • Based in Moldova
  • CONS
  • Does not accept Bitcoins
  • Restrictive policy on multiple connections (better than none though!)

Based in Moldova, the ‘wild west’ of VPN land, CactusVPN keeps no usage logs (although some connection logs are kept for 3 days), uses strong 256-bit AES encryption, allows P2P downloading, and is very quick. The Windows and OSX software is also very smart, and it is one of the few services we know of to feature a per-application kill switch for in the event of disconnecting from a VPN server. It is a bit disappointing that payment is not accepted in Bitcoins, and the policy on simultaneous connects is not really to our liking, but overall CactusVPN leaves us impressed.

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5th place

IronSocket

  • PROS
  • No usage logs
  • 256-bit AES OpenVPN encryption
  • Fast
  • Servers in 36 countries
  • Shared IPs
  • Accepts Bitcoins
  • Based in Hong Kong
  • 7 day money back guarantee
  • Up to 3 simultaneous connections(more can be bought and proxy use is unlimited)
  • P2P: yes
  • CONS
  • Keeps a lot of session logs(typically not kept for more than 72 hours)

For Firefox users in Asia, Hong Kong based VPN firm IronSocket has piped BolehVPN (also good) to the post with its nippy service, excellent 256-bit AES encryption, and use of shared IPs. It offers a 7 day money back guarantee, accepts anonymous payment via Bitcoins, and keeps no usage logs (although it does keep too many connection logs for our tastes). The fact that it is based in Hong Kong (Edward Snowden’s first choice of refuge) does it no harm either.

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Conclusion

As a Firefox user it is very possible that you are already ahead of the game when it comes internet security, and all of the above VPN providers are great services that also take a great deal of care in protecting your privacy.


Summary

Rank Provider Starting Price Grade Link

1

logo $9.00/mo Read Review > Visit Site >

2

logo $6.95/mo Read Review > Visit Site >

3

logo $7.00/mo Read Review > Visit Site >

4

logo $4.99/mo Read Review > Visit Site >

5

logo $6.99/mo Read Review > Visit Site >

Douglas Crawford I am a freelance writer, technology enthusiast, and lover of life who enjoys spinning words and sharing knowledge for a living. Find me on Google+

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