Mozilla's plan to offer a Privacy Pack

Mozilla, maker of Firefox and other products, plans to offer a Privacy Pack later this year. Mozilla Privacy Pack combines the organization's products Firefox Relay, Firefox Monitor and Mozilla VPN into a single subscription-based product. Add-on tools and services are also planned.

Some of the products are free to use at the time of writing, but Mozilla revealed plans to increase the functionality of the products to make the bundle more attractive.

Sören Hentzschel, a blogger and Mozilla contributor from Germany, discovered mockups of Mozilla Privacy Packs. The mockups provide an overview but may differ from the final product when it is released. The price point, as displayed in the mockups, is between $9.99 and $12.99 per month. Mozilla VPN is available for $9.99 per month or $4.99 for the 12-month plan as a standalone product.

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Firefox Relay, Mozilla's email forwarding service, and Firefox Monitor, the organization's data breach monitoring service, are both included in the package.

Mozilla Privacy Pack customers get enhanced versions of both products. Firefox Relay will support an unlimited number of email aliases, opposed to five email aliases of the free version of the product. Customers may also integrate custom domains in the product, but only as a subdomain of Mozilla's mozmail.com domain. Aliases would then be available in the form alias@<yourdomain>.mozmail.com.

Firefox Monitor removes the email address limit of the service. Mozilla Privacy Pack subscribers are not limited in the number of email addresses that they may add to the service. Another new feature is the "remove my data" form. Customers may order Mozilla to remove their data from websites using a new form. It is not entirely clear how this removal feature will work at this point.

Mozilla VPN, the third service that is part of the organization's Privacy Pack subscription service, does not come with extra features.

Hentzschel notes that the pack may include additional services and tools. Mozilla seems to be working on a mobile application to control all three services in a single interface. Customers may gain access to privacy guides.

Closing Words

Mozilla Privacy Pack is another commercial product by Mozilla. The organization launched Mozilla VPN some time ago in order to reduce its dependence on search engine deals.

Who is this for? Mozilla VPN customers who pay by the month may get a better deal out of the new offer. The enhanced Firefox Relay and Firefox Monitor functionality improves both services. It is unclear if the improved versions will also be available as standalone upgrades, or if they are exclusively available in the Privacy Pack.

All in all, it may be an attractive package for Firefox enthusiasts who are already using Mozilla VPN and/or the other services, or Firefox supporters, provided that the price of the product is not too high.

Now You: what is your initial Mozilla Privacy Pack impression?

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  1. Yuliya said on August 10, 2021 at 3:36 pm
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    So much value for your money! lmao Literal snake oil for your borderline malware browser.

    1. Unknown person said on August 11, 2021 at 8:43 am
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      Aaand Yuliya’s still too hung up about Firefox lol.

      Grow up.

  2. ChromeFan said on August 10, 2021 at 3:47 pm
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    Don’t be fooled by this privacy pack. They are selling a data breach monitoring service when Google includes one for free in their browser. VPNs are not private. If you are in the EU you can already remove your data from websites.

    This is laughable even by Mozilla’s standards.

    1. ULBoom said on August 10, 2021 at 7:55 pm
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      Agreed. There’s much more.

      Run Win 10 Home as provided, don’t change anything, and add Chrome to Chredge. Make sure you give information, financial especially, to the hundreds of “Don’t you want to…” notifications Chrome and Windows throw at you as you use them.

      Sync everything you own, keep cookies forever. Never go offline, talk 24/7 and write messages so they know your voice and handwriting. Provide clear photos and videos. Your fingerprints are critical for them to have.

      Simplerer is betterer; give the reins to Big Tech, they’ll protect you, they want to. Really.

      Let them worry, they know you better than you do.

    2. No Thanks, Five Eyes said on August 11, 2021 at 4:15 am
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      “They are selling a data breach monitoring service when Google includes one for free in their browser.”

      It would help if you knew what you were talking about. But this just illustrates the knowledge level of the average person who would willingly use Chrome or Edge spyware.

      You remind me of those Bitcoin bears from two weeks ago who were saying BTC would plummet to $20K this week, the world is doomed, buy Google & Amazon stock and worship Bill Gates. Look at the price of BTC right now: $46K. I bought for $29K, you do the math.

      Centralization or Decentralization?

      Have fun worshiping your Big Tech Data Thief overlords and staying poor.

      1. ChromeFan said on August 11, 2021 at 2:00 pm
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        Did I trigger a privacy freak?

    3. Unknown person said on August 11, 2021 at 8:44 am
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      Because Chrome is OBVIOUSLY more pro-privacy! /s

  3. Shania said on August 10, 2021 at 4:25 pm
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    So they have plans for everything except browser development (copying chrome doesn’t count).

  4. Peter said on August 10, 2021 at 4:36 pm
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    Here’s a great idea: be a non-profit organization and introduce micro-transactions, thinly disguised as services, into your flagship foss product, who’s main userbase shuns that concept. What a great idea you guys! This will surely pull Firefox back from the brink of obliteration and re-establish it as the mighty titant of the interwebs it once was.

  5. Ayy said on August 10, 2021 at 4:45 pm
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    so Mozilla is reselling Mulvad’s VPN service after their ProtonVPN deal failed because of branding disagreements( https://archive.is/zTIzE ) and the only bonus to people that sign up is an easily blocked email relay (@relay.firefox.com, instead of just @firefox.com) with unique identifiers and a switchboard, are they serious? it’s bad enough a lot of temporary-email services are blocked by websites who want to harvest real email addresses. That alone makes the concept fail before it even gets off the ground.

    It’s better to signup to something like torguard’s vpn (25$ / year deal is found fairly easy) and not give anything to Mozilla, who are nothing more than authoritarian activists wearing a skinsuit of a once beloved fox.

    1. DrKnow said on August 10, 2021 at 5:59 pm
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      Torguard is owned by a company registered in America. You’d be a fool to use them.

      1. Ayy said on August 10, 2021 at 11:03 pm
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        it was just one example but ProtonVPN and Mullvad are also in five-eyes countries so you can pick whichever brand of poison you want and the end results will be the same.

      2. ShintoPlasm said on August 11, 2021 at 11:45 am
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        Mullvad is in Sweden, which isn’t a Five Eyes country.

      3. TelV said on August 11, 2021 at 2:10 pm
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        @ Avy,

        It’s incorrect to state that Mullvad is part of the Five Eyes alliance since membership comprises of only only the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada and Mullvad is located in Sweden.

        You can try and make the case that since Sweden is one of the fourteen eyes countries and therefore can provide data if requested, but by the same token Mullvad doesn’t require any ID to open an account or use their service. Not even an email address. Since they don’t know who you are they can hardly provide any data on your activities.

  6. ShintoPlasm said on August 10, 2021 at 4:50 pm
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    This is a legitimate business initiative. Good on Mozilla.

    1. Iron Heart said on August 10, 2021 at 8:04 pm
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      @ShintoPlasm

      It’s peak snake oil, nothing more. But hey, what do I know, ignorant Brave user here.

      1. ShintoPlasm said on August 11, 2021 at 11:46 am
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        @IH:

        My point is that it’s a legit way of making money, instead of selling one’s data or relying on Google search deals etc.

      2. Yash said on August 11, 2021 at 8:32 pm
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        Legit way to make money indeed, though they would still be relying on Google search deals heavily.

    2. AnonyMoosey said on August 12, 2021 at 3:49 am
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      > ignorant Brave user here

      “ignorant user here” – FTFY

      1. Iron Heart said on August 12, 2021 at 10:39 am
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        @Yash

        You don’t need to defend snake oil just because Mozilla does it. It might be legal – that doesn’t mean it does anything for you. Stop the tribalism.

        @AnonyMoosey

        Maybe I am ignorant, but not as ignorant as the fools believing in this type of snake oil, so much is clear.

      2. Yash said on August 12, 2021 at 12:59 pm
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        “You don’t need to defend snake oil just because Mozilla does it. It might be legal – that doesn’t mean it does anything for you”
        What do you mean?

      3. Iron Heart said on August 12, 2021 at 2:18 pm
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        @Yash

        I mean that it’s legal to sell snake oil, but this snake oil won’t solve any privacy issue for you. No point in defending snake oil.

      4. Yash said on August 12, 2021 at 11:20 pm
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        I can see where you’re coming from, though VPN would be somewhat useful for some, and yes I’m aware not all users like them but they have their benefits. Other stuff, I guess useful for normies but certainly not so much for *not* beginner user.

  7. :-) said on August 10, 2021 at 6:02 pm
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    @ChromeFan The data breach monitoring (Firefox Monitor) is still free, specially since it uses the HIBP API which is also free. Relax your fictional arguments.

  8. Anonymous said on August 10, 2021 at 6:11 pm
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    Mozilla going further down the rabbit hole.

  9. ULBoom said on August 10, 2021 at 7:37 pm
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    Yow! C’mon, Mozilla! None of that stuff belongs in a browser except maybe the breach thing which is available on sites for free. And all those fear infomercials on TV at 3 AM at extortion prices.

    Mullvad is 5 euros a month, one month or 100 months. An excellent VPN, same price since I first heard of it years ago. MullFox is pointless.

    If Mozilla is targeting mainstream users, those who may be interested in privacy features but not interested in understanding how to implement them piecewise, they need to make things simple, very simple. Their sales pitches in general really suck.

    Almost no mainstream users would understand the relay thing completely. Email aliases, mozilla custom domains, truly custom domains, all that stuff goes deer in the headlights really fast. No sale there.

    Those who understand how to get good privacy out of FF using about:config, etc. likely already know to use most of their other privacy tools at the system level where they can filter everything that goes online. No sale there, either.

    I have no idea who Mozilla could be targeting with an inscrutable privacy suite missing many of the essential elements for privacy. Unfortunately, I don’t think they do either.

    I guess this is still maybeware; I hope someone starts steering the ship!

  10. Clairvaux said on August 10, 2021 at 11:51 pm
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    Whoah… starting at 10 $ a month ? If you needed another proof that liberals, in the American sense, are loaded with money and assume everyone else must be, here it is.

    Services like 33 Mail and Anonaddy (I really recommend Anonaddy) offer the same thing as Firefox Relay for free, and I’m sure they include much more features. Their paid plans start at 12 $ a year, with even more features and allowances.

    Trying to offer paid services for privacy is not absurd on Mozilla’s part. After all, that’s what their brand is about. But they should make the price a no-brainer. Firefox users are technically-savvy, and used to free software. Making them jump from free to paid takes some subtlety.

  11. J. Tripper said on August 11, 2021 at 1:16 am
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    What a freaking joke! To offer a paid bundled addon for which there are plenty of free or low price alternatives. They should fire that Moran CEO and hire someone that can turn Mozilla and Firefox around and stop the bleeding. I’m tired of this lets follow Google’s every move just to please them and keep their money rolling in. Firefox is a tool being led around by the neck so Google can keep it’s monopoly continue to collect data, sell it to the highest bidder and dictate what others should do because they know all and can protect all. ALL HAIL CHROME, its safer, its faster, its more privacy conscious, dam Sheep, just keep following blindly idiots.

  12. some1 said on August 11, 2021 at 8:46 pm
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    I have no problem with Mozilla trying to make money, if the product offered was actually good.

    Firefox Relay — laughably limited. there a a couple of free alternatives with much more functionality.

    Mozilla VPN — re-packaged Mullvad VPN which is not available in all countries that the original Mullvad is available.

    Firefox Monitor — I am not sure what’s the benefit of knowing that your email address is in a hacked database. you should already be using complex unique passwords for each website and 2FA for important ones.

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