We’re partnering with Mozilla to bring online privacy to more people

Posted on October 22nd, 2018 by in Articles & News.



Back in 2014, we built Proton Mail to make online privacy a reality again for millions of people around the world. When it comes to fighting for online security and privacy, we have a long track record. Whether it is challenging governments, educating the public, or training journalists, we’re committed to developing and distributing the tools to stay safe online. The Proton VPN project was born out of a desire to better protect the activists and journalists that use Proton Mail.

Since then, Proton VPN’s audience has expanded substantially, and today we protect nearly one million users from all around the world. However, as there are over three billion Internet users, we still have a long way to go towards providing better online security for all. Today, we are excited to be working with Mozilla on an experiment to introduce Proton VPN to a wider audience.

Proton VPN and Firefox

These days, there is a tendency for companies to violate user privacy (and security) for greater profits. There are not so many organizations out there that share our unwavering commitment to user privacy. This is what makes Mozilla so unique. 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. In short, Mozilla’s principles and values align closely with our own. We believe strongly in the work they do, and in the importance of ensuring that work continues.

The Mozilla and Proton VPN partnership is an experiment in finding new ways to keep Internet users safe while simultaneously ensuring that open source and non-profit software development gets the resources that it deserves. As part of this experiment, a small group of randomly selected US-based Firefox users will be shown a recommendation to get better online privacy with a Proton VPN subscription. 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 our Proton VPN Plus subscription. From a customer support perspective, we will also be fully supporting Mozilla Proton VPN users, and Mozilla’s subscribers will receive a 30-day money back guarantee, just like Proton VPN’s subscribers do.

Partnering with Mozilla

We’re excited about this partnership because it furthers our shared goal of making the Internet a safer place. If the experiment goes well, then we may expand it and we can potentially offer Proton VPN to over 300 million Mozilla users, significantly increasing security and privacy around the world.

We feel strongly that Mozilla is the right partner to further Proton VPN’s mission. In working with them to develop this partnership, we witnessed Mozilla’s dedication to privacy and security. The extent of their vetting of Proton VPN impressed us in particular. In addition to checking our system architecture, infrastructure, and no-logging policies, the Mozilla security team also took a detailed look at the specific cryptography that we utilize to encrypt user traffic. There was also an on-site visit to our main office in Geneva, Switzerland. You can find more details in Mozilla’s blog post.

We are looking forward to this experiment and bringing Proton VPN to a wider audience while simultaneously supporting Mozilla’s mission.

Best Regards,
The Proton VPN Team

To learn more, please read Mozilla’s blog post here.

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Proton was founded by scientists who met at CERN and had the idea that an internet where privacy is the default is essential to preserving freedom. Our team of developers, engineers, and designers from all over the world is working to provide you with secure ways to be in control of your online data.


  1. Quant

    I have a ProtonVPN subscription but really need to split “total” VPN for my PC from “Browser-only” VPN. This is because I have a fibre connection at 1Gb up & down, which I need to be able to receive & deliver large files, but ProtonVPN servers usually only offer me 1%-2% of that! So there are times I only want my browser to go via VPN & not my local server.
    This is why a VPN plugin is essential. If Proton don’t do it I may have to stop my subscription & find someone who does, but I would prefer not to have to do this as I am happy with Proton’s credentials.

  2. Douglas Crawford

    Hi Quaint. In Windows you can use Split Tunneling to exclude apps from the VPN.

  3. Dr. B R Shriradhakrishnasharnam

    Is Mozilla Firefox is best browser according to Proton VPN if yes than why not any proton VPN extension is here…
    Please launch it anyhow currently Hoxx vpn addon available on Mozilla Firefox which is used as vpn but it’s not trustworthy so please launch your vpn at Mozilla Firefox add-on store…

  4. Adam

    it is about 2 years from this announcement, and yesterday, Mozzila announced their new VPN in partnership with Mulvad VPN. Can you share information, why did Mozzila dumped you and ended partnership on VPN service with you, please?

    Is Mulvad VPN somewhat better service? And in this matter, is WireGuard gonna be implemented soon?

    Thank you

  5. Ben Wolford

    Hi Adam, thanks for this question. Basically, Mozilla didn’t “dump” ProtonVPN. Rather, we are generally not keen to white label our service. We explain this in more detail here: https://www.reddit.com/r/ProtonVPN/comments/hbw49w/is_mozilla_vpn_rebranded_protonvpn/fvbnrje/

  6. Stelios

    Personally, I turn off the VPN while streaming in high resolutions. I know its frustrating, but its the right thing to do for others.

  7. Simpleton

    This is amazing. Mozilla is one of top organizations doing public good in the world (life EFF, Debian, or ACLU). I am excited to hear about the vetting process they conducted before selecting you. I am also in awe of the root certification vetting process they follow rather than going with OS cert store. It is glad to see you both parterning together. I am sure you can learn a few new things about effective advocacy from an established organization like Mozilla as well as surely they can learn a few things from you.

  8. Bruno Dumont

    When Will be launched the ProtonVPN extension to Firefox?

  9. ProtonVPN Admin

    Hello! We might consider that in further development! Follow us on our social media channels for all the news and updates. :)

  10. Arnold

    Can you tell me which one of your VPN services Mozilla is offering? How many devices are covered and will this be at your standard high speed?

  11. Richie

    Hey Arnold! Mozilla recommends to use ProtonVPN services for your everyday online activities in general, but the most popular plan among the users is Plus subscription. Check out all the provided features of this plan here: https://protonvpn.com/pricing

  12. Mike

    I just got protonvpn and I love it so far! Been using firefox exclusively for years, too, so this all sounds very promising
    Cant wait for the extension!

  13. Richie

    Thank you for the support – we really appreciate it!
    The extensions definitely are on our to-do list, follow us to get all the future updates!

  14. Matyas

    You will also have a free ProtonVPN plan for Firefox https://blog.mozilla.org/futurereleases/2018/10/22/testing-new-ways-to-keep-you-safe-online $10? As has Free VPN in the Opera browser??

  15. Richie

    Hello! Currently it is an experiment and based on the feedback from our users and community, we may consider other experiments which could bring more online security and privacy to all.

  16. arnaud

    I am very enthusiastic with this partnership ! Wil you plan a firefox extension ? It could be very usefull (and userfriendly if you use Linux).
    Thank you for your good job with protonVPN!

  17. Richie

    Hey Arnaud! Extensions are definitely on our to-do list, so you can expect to get them sometime in the future!

  18. Kil

    So I was wondering if there is anything we can do about captcha’s. Specially cloudflare.
    Im using secure servers and every single time I come across a captcha, its easily 6 minutes just solving it :(
    Besides that, im in love with the vpn, keep it up!

  19. Richie

    Hello! Could you please specify where exactly do you find yourself stuck with captcha?

  20. x

    I am also experiencing tedious encounters with Captcha when connected to ProtonVPN. It takes multiple attempts in order for Captcha to believe I’m human and sometimes it will show a message saying something along the lines of “unusual network activity detected” due to a VPN-shared IP address.

  21. Richie

    Hello! Since the same IP is shared by many users which may result in Captcha issues. We suggest to switch to another ProtonVPN server and clear the browser cache to avoid future troublesome encounters.

  22. Sebastian

    I am very enthusiastic about this partnership. Mozilla, which since ever has been my main browser, and ProtonMail/ProtonVPN, which nearly since its beginning is now my favourite service, seeing working together: WOW! Congratulations!
    Keep on working guys! It seems that you are able to build up a secure privacy network ecosystem completely contrary to the current dominating FAANG-Total-Surveillance-Organizations.

  23. Will

    I can imagine that this will increase the load on the ProtonVPN servers heavily with time, will there be a lot of new additions to even it out – especially considering the SecureCore connections and Netflix servers?

  24. Richie

    Hey Will! There definitely is such possibility, though we are constantly observing the load of our servers, thus do not worry – if there will be higher intensity load, we will certainly consider adding new servers to the list.

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