Mullvad VPN and the Tor Project today present the release of the Mullvad Browser, a privacy-focused web browser designed to be used with a trustworthy VPN instead of the Tor Network.
“We want to free the internet from mass surveillance and a VPN alone is not enough to achieve privacy. From our perspective there has been a gap in the market for those who want to run a privacy-focused browser as good as the Tor Project’s but with a VPN instead of the Tor Network," says Jan Jonsson, CEO at Mullvad VPN.
Mullvad VPN was founded in 2009 with the ambition to make censorship and mass surveillance impractical. To this day we have mainly been working towards that vision offering a VPN service as good as possible. Now we take the next step, with a privacy-focused browser developed together with the Tor Project.
“The mass surveillance of today is absurd. Both from commercial actors like big tech companies and from governments,” says Jan Jonsson, CEO at Mullvad VPN. “We want to free the internet from mass surveillance and a VPN alone is not enough to achieve privacy. From our perspective there has been a gap in the market for those who want to run a privacy-focused browser as good as the Tor Project’s but with a VPN instead of the Tor Network.”
The Mullvad Browser is developed by the Tor Project’s engineers to minimize tracking and fingerprinting. The Mullvad Browser is – just like the Tor Browser – designed with the purpose and ambition for all its users to appear as one.
“The Tor Project is the best in the field of privacy-focused browsers. That’s why we reached out to them. We also share their values of human rights and online privacy. The Mullvad Browser is all about providing more privacy alternatives to reach as many people as possible and make life harder for those who collect data from you.”
The Tor Project hardly needs any further introduction. They are a nonprofit that advances human rights and defends online privacy by creating and deploying free, open source anonymity and privacy technologies such as the Tor Browser, Onion Services and Snowflake.
“Developing this browser with Mullvad is about providing people with more privacy options for everyday browsing and to challenge the current business model of exploiting people’s behavioral data. It demonstrates that you can develop free technology with mass-appeal and privacy in mind,” says Isabela Fernandes, Executive Director, The Tor Project. “When we collaborate, we want to drive change and raise people’s awareness that digital rights are human rights. We hope to inspire others to think of privacy as a ‘feature’ at the core of tech innovation, a building block designed to enhance user experience."
The Mullvad browser is free of charge, open source, and can be used without Mullvad VPN (although the combination is recommended). It is supported across platforms (Windows, MacOS, Linux) and available for download at mullvad.net/download