You probably heard about Firefox 57, the complete rebuilt version of the popular browser. Some of the existing VPN and proxy addons are no longer available. This post lists 3 (I wish I could find more) free Firefox VPN/proxy addons that still work on Firefox 57.
How is Firefox 57 different?
Firefox 57 (aka Quantum) was launched on 14th of November 2017 and it was presented to be twice faster and more memory efficient. It represents the result of years of development from the Mozilla team that tried to fix the most of Firefox’s previous problems, such as speed and frequent crashes.
Unfortunately, the new Firefox architecture comes with a price. The WebExtensions API that is now the backbone for all Firefox addons is not backward compatible. Thus, some of the older addons no longer work on Firefox 57.
What is a Firefox VPN/Proxy addon?
A VPN (Virtual Private Network) or a proxy is a solution that changes your public/visible IP address while browsing the Internet. Thus, your browsing data is secured, you are protected against some types of cyber attacks and you are able to unblock certain restricted websites.
As we explained in another post, the term of VPN is not accurate for browser addons or extensions. But, as it is largely used I will continue call them Firefox VPN/Proxy addons.
Free Firefox VPN/Proxy add-ons for Firefox 57
During the last days I have tested several Firefox VPN/proxy add-ons in order to identified those that are compatible with Firefox 57. Unfortunately, I was only able to identify 3 such add-ons that are free or at least expose a free mode, without signup. Read my findings below.
Hotspot Shield VPN Free Proxy
Hotpot Shield Firefox add-on is exactly the same as the Chrome extension and it works like a charm on Firefox 57. It comes with a lot of extra, security and privacy-related options, like ad blocker, tracker blocker and cookies blocker. The default server selection is “Optimal” but you may switch to manual and pick one of the following countries: Canada, Chile, Sweden, Netherlands, Spain, Czech Republic, Turkey, Russia, India, Germany and Singapore.
ibVPN – Best VPN & Proxy
ibVPN Firefox VPN extension is a nice surprise. I use their Windows app on regular basis and I find it extraordinary useful, even though the user interface is not as nice as it could be. The so called Guest Mode of the add-on allows you to enter without signup and connect to servers located in United States, Netherlands, Germany and Singapore. The extension automatically disconnects every 10 minutes and manual re-connection is needed.
Similarly to ibVPN addon, Browsec has a free mode and a premium mode. The free mode offers access to 4 locations: Netherlands, Singapore, United States and United Kingdom. The interface is really nice and friendly!
Which free Firefox VPN addon should you use?
It depends on what you need.
- If you are concerned about your private data I recommend using ibVPN or Browsec. There were some privacy concerns about Hotspot Shield in the past.
- If you need to unblock Netflix or other online streaming channels try HotspotShield.
- If you need to change your IP to multiple locations install HotspotShield or subscribe to the premium ibVPN or Browsec services.
What do you think?
What do you think of Firefox 57? Do you use free Firefox VPN/Proxy addons? Which one is your favorite? Are they still available for Firefox 57? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.