Mozilla is enhancing the privacy of its VPN service with a new update that adds support for custom DNS servers as well as a new multi-hop feature.
When you are online, your Internet traffic is routed through your Internet Service Provider (ISP) domain name system (DNS) servers that may keep records of your online activities.
While Mozilla VPN can shield your online activity from your ISP to better protect your privacy since you use Mozilla’s DNS servers, the company has added a new custom DNS server feature that allows you to choose a DNS server Which is best suited for your needs.
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Mozilla VPN users can enable this feature by going to “Network Settings” and then selecting the “Advanced DNS Settings” menu option. From there, you’ll be able to choose your default DNS server, enter your local DNS server, or choose from a recommended list of DNS servers.
doubling down on your vpn
Mozilla is also adding a new multi-hop feature to Mozilla VPN in its latest update. Multi-hop is also known as doubling your VPN because instead of using one VPN server to connect to the Internet, you are now using two VPN servers.
When you select the company’s new multi-hop feature, your online activity will be routed through an additional VPN server known as your exit server. Essentially, you have two VPN servers with one being your entry VPN server and the other your exit VPN server.
In a new blog post, Mozilla points to the fact that multi-hop can be particularly useful for people who are at greater risk online such as political activists or journalists writing about sensitive topics. However, this feature can be used by anyone on public Wi-Fi who wants peace of mind by doubling up their VPN servers.
To turn on multi-hop in Mozilla VPN, users need to go to their “Location” in the app and select Multi-hop. From there, you can choose your entry server location as well as your exit server location, with the exit server location being your main VPN server. Mozilla also lists your two most recent multi-hop connections so you can reuse them in the future.
Since its launch last year, Mozilla has regularly updated its VPN service with new features and the addition of custom DNS servers and multi-hop will appeal to the company’s more privacy-focused users.
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