Mozilla VPN Review 2021 | Can it make up for its lack of features?

the highly anticipated mozilla vpn is finally here i'm going to be giving you my first impressions in this video but the main gist is this mozilla vpn lacks a number of features that i've come to expect in a vpn but it has the one feature that most vpns don't have trustworthiness and as i'll explain later that might be a big deal now i admit that i'm a happy firefox user i dumped chrome a long time ago and for the past 20 years that's right more than 20 years they've earned a solid reputation for being privacy conscious and security focused so when the world's third most popular web browser comes out with a virtual private network people start paying attention now mozilla's been testing this for a little over a year now with a browser extension that went by the name firefox private network or firefox vpn but it's only been in the past month that mozilla vpn has exited beta and launched as a paid standalone product so what kind of features does mozilla vpn offer well what i'm about to share with you is true as of august 2020 but once they start releasing new features and finish completing all of the apps for linux and mac i'll be doing more of a full review that i'll link to here when it's finished the first thing you'll notice is that mozilla vpn offers a flat monthly subscription that has no annual obligation and covers you on five registered devices i find this very interesting because with most vpns you can download the software on as many devices as you like you just have limits set on simultaneous connections mozilla vpn is far more restrictive in this regard and registering a device requires a mozilla account but thankfully deregistering that device is just as simple as a single click mozilla vpn also exclusively uses the wireguard protocol which is a bold move considering how relatively new this protocol is in the market i've already done a video on wireguard that you can see here but the benefits in terms of speed and security and connection stability are really amazing most other vpns give you the option to choose from a number of protocols including ipsec pptp or openvpn as far as mozilla vpn is concerned i don't mind losing all those options but that's only because my experience with wireguard has been so positive mozilla vpn has servers in 31 countries spread all across the globe and these servers are powered by molvad another company that's really well known for its security reputation of course mozilla vpn's 280 plus servers in 31 countries pales in comparison to the thousands of servers in 50 60 plus countries that other vpn companies market now i'm kind of torn about this because despite what you'll read in other vpn reviews this whole number of vpn servers is a vanity metric in my opinion many of the vpns that market these thousands of servers don't tell you how many of those servers are virtual servers which means that they're not actually located in that physical location it's a shady marketing trick that's been the subject of a lot of debate finally mozilla vpn offers a kill switch and split tunneling features the kill switch feature is one that is on by default for all the platforms so you don't have to go into your advanced settings to turn something like that on and that's a good thing the split tunneling feature is only available on android unfortunately but honestly that's not one that i use very often on my mac or my ios devices so to sum up the disadvantages here mozilla vpn is very restrictive in their device usage policy they only have the wireguard connection protocol they have limited server options and very few advanced features so that's it that's an easy two-star review and we can move on right well not so fast if you've watched any of my other vpn reviews you know that i hammer other companies for the one thing that i think that they lack and is very important trust as in sure i'll send all of my internet data through your servers and trust that you're managing those servers well and not logging any data whatsoever you see the vast majority of vpns on the market today won't tell you anything about their ownership or management in fact a lot of them are registered in one country and operated out of an entirely different country think of it this way let's say that you need to send some important documents like your credit card or your id card to another country in the mail you have the option of dropping it off at a fedex location or handing it over to an anonymous delivery driver who promised to deliver it for half the price now if you were smart you dropped it off at fedex because let's be honest these are important documents i mean there's risk that these documents will be mishandled either way but at least with fedex you know that someone will have to be held accountable that anonymous delivery driver [Music] yeah good luck tracking him down the biggest thing mozilla vpn has going for it is trust and hopefully i've been able to convey just how important that is i'm willing to accept a limited feature set with mozilla vpn because i trust that they're going to handle my data properly and i anticipate that over time mozilla vpn will be adding additional features that will put them more on par with the rest of the competition that's my two cents but i'm curious what you think are you as concerned about trust as i am does the privacy-focused reputation of mozilla make up for the disadvantages that i shared leave a comment below and let me know what you think and once they release the mac and linux software i'll do a more comprehensive review in the meantime you can watch all of these other videos i have here on all things secured channel thanks for watching and have a great week

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