There are many free or inexpensive options if you are tech savvy. For VPN, I installed my own OpenVPN server on a 512MB VPS and that only cost me $12/yr. For the non-techy crowd, Firefox Premium will be a great service. Lots of people that want online privacy. They also want to share large media files for work (graphic designers, video editors, photographers, etc). Firefox already offers Send (https://send.firefox.com/) for files up to 1GB to 2.5GB (must register), so what would the premium version offer instead?
So, this would be like a subscription service like Dropbox or Google Drive and they store the encrypted files for you? Hmm.
> Not everyone can run their own VPN server.
There are some free VPN services too. They are a bit hard to distinguish or spammy on Chrome extensions. I found BitTube Chrome Extension which pays you their cryptocurrency for surfing... but they also have a VPN service that you can use as a web VPN. Instead of getting paid to surf, you get to use free VPN.
Good question. I think they want you to participate in their cryptosphere and perhaps track the sites you visit. I am not sure what their big game plan is. For a non-techyy person, I found VPN usage easy like the other extensions but they don't charge a fee. Let's be clear -- you have to give your information to some company. Whether it is Mozilla, a server provider, your ISP, etc someone has your data. If I were concerned with privacy, I'd personally trust Mozilla before Google with my data. Google makes money off ads and that means they have to prioritize profits over privacy.
@engine ... that's correct ... this is just the next step towards moving from "free: to benefit with dollars ... a bit at a time, whittle here, whittle there, until is MS 365 or whatever adobe calls photoshop these days. :)
Should be no surprises, kiddies ... after all, these things aren't created by unicorns in rainbow factories ... somebody has to cover salaries, etc...