Custom and multi-hop DNS servers
Your online privacy remains our top priority, and we know that one of the first things to secure your privacy when you log in is to access a Virtual private network (VPN), an encrypted connection that serves as a tunnel between your computer and the VPN server. Today we’re launching the latest version of our Mozilla VPN, our fast and easy-to-use VPN service, with two new advanced privacy features that provide additional layers of privacy. This includes your choice of Domain Name System (DNS) servers, be it the default we provided, our suggestion of ad blocking, tracker blocking, or ad blocking DNS server and trackers, or an alternative, as well as the multi-hop feature that lets you add two different servers to give you twice the encryption. Today’s Mozilla VPN version is available on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android platforms (coming soon to iOS later this week).
Here are today’s Mozilla VPN features:
Improve Your Privacy With Mozilla VPN’s Custom DNS Server Feature
Traditionally, when you connect, your traffic is routed through your Internet service provider (ISP) DNS servers that can keep records of your online activities. DNS, which stands for Domain Name System, is like a phone book for domains, which are the websites you visit. One of the benefits of using a VPN is to protect your online activity from your ISP by using the DNS servers of your trusted VPN service provider. There are a variety of DNS servers, from those that offer additional features like blocking trackers, blocking ads, or a combination of tracker and blocking ads, or local DNS servers that have these advantages in addition to the speed.
Now, with today’s custom DNS server, we put you in control of which DNS server you choose that matches your needs. You can find this feature in your network settings under Advanced DNS settings. From there, you can choose from the default DNS server, enter your local DNS server, or choose from the recommended list of available DNS servers.
Double your VPN service with Mozilla’s multi-hop VPN feature
We are introducing our multi-hop feature, also known as doubling your VPN, because instead of using one VPN server, you can use two VPN servers. Here’s how it works, first your online activity is routed through a VPN server. Then by selecting the Multi-Hop function, your online activity will be routed a second time through an additional VPN server called the egress server. Essentially, you will have two VPN servers called an ingress VPN server and an egress VPN server. This powerful new privacy feature is for those who think twice about their privacy, such as political activists, journalists writing sensitive topics, or anyone using a public Wi-Fi network and wanting extra peace of mind. by doubling their VPN servers.
To activate this new feature, navigate to your location, then choose Multi-hop. From here you can choose the location of your ingress server and the location of your egress server. The location of the egress server will be your primary VPN server. We’ll also list your two recent multi-hop connections so you can reuse them in the future.
How we innovate and create functionality for you with Mozilla VPN
Developped by Mozilla, a mission-driven company with 20 years of experience in the fight for online privacy and a healthier Internet, we are committed to innovating and bringing new features to Mozilla VPN. Mozilla regularly works with third-party organizations to supplement our internal security programs and help improve the overall security of our products. Mozilla recently released an independent security audit of its Mozilla VPN from Heal53, an impartial Berlin-based cybersecurity company with over 15 years of experience in software testing and code auditing. Here is a link to the blog post and security audit for more details.
We know it’s more important than ever that you are safe and that you know that what you do online is your own business. By subscribing to Mozilla VPN, users are supporting both the development of Mozilla products and our mission to create a better web for everyone. Check out Mozilla VPN and subscribe today from our website.
To learn more about Mozilla VPN:
Mozilla VPN completes independent security audit by Cure53
Celebrating Mozilla VPN: How We Protect Your Data For You
Mozilla’s Latest VPN Features Protect Your Data
Mozilla puts its trust seal on the VPN