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How Will Mozilla’s Firefox Private Network Affect the VPN Market?

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Mozilla announced earlier this month that its web browser, Firefox will block third-party trackers for everyone by default. And last week, the company announced another interesting product that could revolutionize the browser market.

The new product dubbed Firefox Private Network will act like a virtual private network (VPN) although the company thinks what it is building is something different from the conventional VPN. The new product is expected to give Firefox users more privacy online by providing an encrypted path to the web.

One major difference between the Firefox Private Network and the traditional VPN is that Mozilla’s product is web-based, which means you can only access its services when browsing the internet using the Firefox browser.

This presents an interesting challenge to other developers of web platforms including Google Chrome, Microsft Edge, and Apple’s Safari, among others. It also poses a potential threat to VPN service providers since this could be a substitute product to the already existing services.

The company recommends its new product to those using public Wi-Fi or those that want to hide from ad trackers. Nonetheless, this is not a comprehensive VPN service and will be a huge let-off for VPN providers.

In addition, while the service is available originally free on beta, Mozilla said that this is only for a limited time. So, clearly, a premium service will eventually replace the free pilot product. Again, this means that once it goes premium, VPN service providers will now be competing on an equal or better footing. And when you add the fact that users can only access the service while in the US, then it means that the VPN market players should not be put off by Mozilla’s market-changing product.

In a nutshell, while Mozilla’s revolutionary private network for web access may cause a stir in the market, it does not meet all the principles of a good VPN service because you cannot be protected when browsing the internet outside of Firefox. One major characteristic of top VPNs as you would find in any reputable VPN site is that they must mask your activity online regardless of the browser you use.

Mozilla has been running several pilot products as it tries to increase its share of the market in an industry that is dominated by two technology giants, Alphabet and Microsoft. From vertical tabs to quick access interfaces that display all your recently opened web pages, now the company is tweaking its focus a little to what it calls, “new, privacy-centric products”.

And at a time when data breaches like Cambridge Analytica on Facebook are threatening to ruin the social media industry, people are becoming more sensitive to their privacy online and Mozilla may just be on to something that could provide it with the edge it needs to claim a bigger share of the internet browser market.

In summary, Mozilla’s Firefox Private Network could trigger some reactions from other web browser developers. This could have a long-term effect on the VPN market if all internet browser developers offer VPN services to users as an add-on at a small premium. However, for now, the impact is likely to be minimal because Mozilla’s product has its own limitations which leave it short of the standards set by traditional VPN services.

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Elon Musk Advises Crypto Users To Secure Their Crypto Keys Properly

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The crypto community has not gotten over the fact that the world’s richest man has now invested in Bitcoin and has been pretty active in the industry.

However, the community is now receiving security tips for storing cryptocurrencies from Tesla’s chief executive officer. While pointing the security of cryptocurrencies, Tesla also criticized Freewallet app, a crypto wallet for its slack in security.

He also added that crypto investors should not bother doing business with wallets that don’t provide them with private keys.

Users should store their private keys

The unique way cryptocurrencies are stored makes them not redeemable when the keys are lost. Whether the holder stores them with third-party custodians or exchanges, the owner can only claim them when they provide keys to the crypto funds.

That makes securing the keys the most important thing when dealing with cryptocurrencies. As a result, selecting the safest hot or cold wallet is a priority if users want to keep their crypto investments safe.

Elon Musk has come out to advise investors to always store their private keys personally. For a company to receive the attention of the world’s richest man is something to take advantage of to grow. However, FreewalletApp’s short conversation with Musk is a sort of negative publicity to them.

After the company engaged with Musk about a Dogecoin-related post, the Tesla founder pointed out faults with the firm.
He advised digital asset investors to stay…

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Bitcoin Surges After Tesla Bought $1.5 Billion Worth of BTC

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The sudden rise of Bitcoin has been connected to the decision taken by the Tesla electric car company to buy $1.5 billion worth of Bitcoin.

The company explained in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that it bought Bitcoin to diversify its cash returns and more flexibility.

Musk’s Tweets also impacted Dogecoin’s price

Tesla also added that it will start accepting Bitcoin payments for all its products, although this will be based on a limited basis and applicable laws. If the company concludes and starts accepting cryptocurrency, it will make it the first major car manufacturer to accept Bitcoin payments. The company’s founder and Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk has developed an interest in Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies.

He has been tweeting severally about the viability of the Dogecoin (DOGE), which doesn’t have an important market value attached to it.

Few hours after endorsing Dogecoin, the cryptocurrency rose by an impressive 50%. But regulatory authorities are still concerned about the risks in cryptocurrency investments, with several regulatory bodies warning traders and investors they could lose all their money from crypto investments.

But for Tesla, the company decides to diversify its funds and increased its cash returns. However, Tesla also warned investors about the volatility of Bitcoin’s price in its SEC filing. According to the SEC…

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Partnership Between Bridge Mutual & AllianceBlock Announced

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Decentralized peer-to-peer discretionary digital asset coverage platform Bridge Mutual has announced a partnership with AllianceBlock. AllianceBlock is a decentralized, blockchain-agnostic layer 2 protocol bridging decentralized finance with traditional finance. The partnership will allow AllianceBlock and Bridge Mutual to provide traditional investors with a protected bridge to DeFi through decentralized coverage. 

“Discretionary coverage is a very important part of our ecosystem, so we are excited to partner with Bridge Mutual and leverage each other’s technologies,” says Rachid Ajaja, CEO of AllianceBlock. “We look forward to building an ecosystem where all participants have access to the best products while mitigating the ever-present risk of smart contract failure, hacks, and the resultant loss of collateral value.”

In 2020, as much as $200 million worth of digital assets was lost in attacks on major digital asset services. Bridge Mutual’s platform gives users the option to purchase and provide discretionary coverage, reducing investors’ risk of losing funds because of theft, exchange hacks, stablecoin price crashes, exploited contracts, and other vulnerabilities in digital assets. 

By using Alliance Block’s multi-pair liquidity mining platform, Bridge Mutual will be able to offer BMI token holders instant liquidity through staking and high APY rewards for a variety of pairs. Once integrated into AllianceBlock’s P2P lending platform, Bridge mutual will be able to provide coverage to investors. Additionally, Bridge Mutual is working towards…

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