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Browsing proxy ZenMate now also available for Firefox

ZenMate, the popular virtual private network extension for Chrome and app for Android, is now also available as an add-on for the Mozilla Firefox web browser.

VPNs are used for a variety of purposes and while browser extensions are limited to the environment of the browser, offer the same features as private networks that you connect to on a system-wide level.

Virtual Private Networks encrypt all traffic and by doing so protect the traffic from prying eyes. Since you connect to the server of the service first, it is this server that Internet sites and peers connect to which means that the IP address of the computer that you are using is not revealed.

In addition to improving privacy and security, VPNs allow you to access contents that are restricted to select regions or countries. If you are abroad and want to watch Internet TV at home, you can't do so usually because these contents are region locked most of the time.

Note: Other software running on your system or in the browser may leak your computer's IP address. If you check on Cloakfish for example, you will notice that your original IP gets leaked if you have Adobe Flash enabled even if you connect with ZenMate.

When you are connected to a VPN however, it is the server IP that is used to communicate with the TV site and not the local IP address of the computer you are using.

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After you have installed the extension from the developer website -- it is not available on the Mozilla website right now -- you are required to enter an email address on the page that opens when you click on the ZenMate icon in the Firefox toolbar.

After you have done that you receive a password which you can change. There does not appear to be any kind of verification of that email address though.

A second click on the extension icon displays information about the server you are currently connected to, an on/off switch to connect or disconnect to the VPN, and an option to change the server location.

Bandwidth is unlimited during the launch phase according to the ZenMate team. Traffic will become limited eventually though for free users. For now though, nothing seems limited and everything can be used to the fullest extent.

The add-on for Firefox works in the same fashion as the Chrome extension. A quick test on popular sites such as Pandora and Hulu was successful as both services worked as expected after the installation of the add-on.

Some sites on the other hand took a long time to load but a reload fixed that every time this occurred.

Closing Words

ZenMate will become a popular add-on for the Mozilla Firefox web browser, there is no doubt about that. It is unclear if it will be uploaded to the official store as well as it would improve the exposure of the add-on and improve the trust factor as well.

Since bandwidth is not limited right now, it is an excellent option to access streaming media sites.

Now Read: The best VPN add-ons for Firefox.

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  1. CHEF-KOCH said on September 29, 2014 at 4:05 pm
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    It just seems like a waste of time and effort using ZenMate when it does not even work properly. Check against http://www.cloakfish.com/ (it also can detect geopip and such things)…

    https://zenmate.io/faq#other-extensions
    https://zenmate.io/faq#zenmate-and-flash
    http://www.wilderssecurity.com/threads/zenmate-leaks-your-ip.359044/#

    Chrome user can use Flash Control. But I wouldn’t trust any FreeVPN servers, and Symantec is behind ZenMate … (nothing more to say … Symantec … :-D).

    There is a way to force Flash to use browser proxy by adding 2 lines in mms.cfg (Located in: “%WINDIR%\SysWow64\Macromed\Flash” or “%WINDIR%\System32\Macromed\Flash”):
    DisableSockets = 1
    EnableSocketsTo = 127.0.0.1

    DisableSockets disables all socket connections, except those specified under EnableSocketsTo.

    Trick is, since ZenMate works only with Chrome & Firefox, to run Chromium with local Flash (instead of Chrome with pepper flash).

    1. Maelish said on September 29, 2014 at 4:31 pm
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      Hmm… I guess I’ll be sticking with Epic Browser for now.

      1. J said on September 29, 2014 at 5:13 pm
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        Epic broswer offers nothing special, and no vpn. Besides, “Hidden Reflex is a privately-funded software start-up company based in the United States and India”, and its not open source.

  2. Robert said on September 29, 2014 at 8:30 pm
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    Great news! Unfortunately it won’t work in Palemoon but at least I don’t need to use Chromium anymore.

    1. nim said on October 1, 2014 at 3:39 am
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      ZenMate has not yet posted which Firefox versions are compatible with ZenMate.

  3. Tom Hawack said on September 29, 2014 at 8:55 pm
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    Interesting. My first approach to a VPN.

    I’ve set as mentioned above by CHEF-KOCH, DisableSockets = 1 and EnableSocketsTo = 127.0.0.1 in my Falsh’s mms.cfg and doing so did prevent cloakfish.com from discovering my real IP. Moreove, this mms.cfg setting did not disturb Flash when Zenmate disabled (switching it to off rather). Question is, if Flash works with theses settings even when no proxy is running why not have this mms.cfg setting as default?

    I’ve had an issue when calling google.fr with settings as those of my Firefox’s search engines : browser freezed. But calling google.com with a VPN connection in London simply landed on google.co.uk, which is normal.

    What I understand less is that DNS resolver is changed as well. Is it a fake or are my DNS requests truly addressed to that other DNS resolver?

    I’m discovering. Not sure yet to keep it.

  4. Tom Hawack said on September 29, 2014 at 9:19 pm
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    Interesting. My first approach to a VPN.

    I’ve set as mentioned above by CHEF-KOCH, DisableSockets = 1 and EnableSocketsTo = 127.0.0.1 in my Falsh’s mms.cfg and doing so did prevented cloakfish.com from discovering my real IP. Moreove, this mms.cfg setting did not disturb Flash when Zenmate disabled (switching it to off rather). Question is, if Flash works with theses settings even when no proxy is running why not have this mms.cfg setting as default?

    I’ve had an issue when calling google.fr with settings as those of my Firefox’s search engines : browser freezed. But calling google.com with a VPN connection in London simply landed on google.co.uk, which is normal.

    What I understand less is that DNS resolver is changed as well. Is it a fake or are my DNS requests truly addressed to that other DNS resolver?

    I’m discovering. Not sure yet to keep it.

  5. John G. said on September 29, 2014 at 10:24 pm
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    Interesting. This is my first approach to a VPN.

    I’ve set as mentioned above by CHEF-KOCH, DisableSockets = 1 and EnableSocketsTo = 127.0.0.1 in my Falsh’s mms.cfg and doing so did prevented cloakfish.com from discovering my real IP. Moreove, this mms.cfg setting did not disturb Flash when Zenmate disabled (switching it to off rather). Question is, if Flash works with theses settings even when no proxy is running why not have this mms.cfg setting as default?

    I’ve had an issue when calling google.fr with settings as those of my Firefox’s search engines : browser freezed. But calling google.com with a VPN connection in London simply landed on google.co.uk, which is normal.

    What I understand less is that DNS resolver is changed as well. Is it a fake or are my DNS requests truly addressed to that other DNS resolver?

    I’m discovering. Not sure yet to keep it.

  6. Tom Hawack said on September 29, 2014 at 11:19 pm
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    Interesting. This is my first exercise with a VPN.

    I’ve set as mentioned above by CHEF-KOCH, DisableSockets = 1 and EnableSocketsTo = 127.0.0.1 in my Falsh’s mms.cfg and doing so did prevented cloakfish.com from discovering my real IP. Moreove, this mms.cfg setting did not disturb Flash when Zenmate disabled (switching it to off rather). Question is, if Flash works with theses settings even when no proxy is running why not have this mms.cfg setting as default?

    I’ve had an issue when calling google.fr with settings as those of my Firefox’s search engines : browser freezed. But calling google.com with a VPN connection in London simply landed on google.co.uk, which is normal.

    What I understand less is that DNS resolver is changed as well. Is it a fake or are my DNS requests truly addressed to that other DNS resolver?

    I’m discovering. Not sure yet to keep it

  7. Pierre Kiroul said on September 30, 2014 at 4:34 pm
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    @Tom, Tom, John G. & Tom : you took the words out of my mouth : exactly the same issues here.

  8. bunda said on October 1, 2014 at 3:47 pm
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    why do you recommend a program which doesn’t even run properly on FF?

    1. Cornelis said on October 7, 2014 at 6:38 pm
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      Woo Hoo, I’m listening to Pandora And Spotify and I live in South Africa!

      Thank you Martin and ZenMate

  9. Billu said on October 11, 2014 at 1:53 pm
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    This is easy to install, and easy to remove without any problems.

    For me, there was one problem. It did not work.

    I am a Linux user, so that that may be the reason for my problem.

    However, I am not asking for assistance. I only installed it out of curiosity. I have now removed it.

  10. PJ said on January 19, 2015 at 4:12 pm
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    Why users must submit an email address to receive a password before ZenMate VPN can be used ? This is not the case with other free VPN proxy providers.

    Anyway, current & potential users of ZenMate might be interested in the following recent exchange between a concerned user & ZenMate Support, regarding how zenmate.com is routed through CloudFlare, as well as how ZenMate’s IP address (162.159.245.96) is shared with several other sites (hovering at 12 or 13 at the moment).

    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/zenmate-security-privacy-vpn/reviews/666176
    http://whois.domaintools.com/zenmate.com

    “As of March 2014, CloudFlare was ranked in the top 10 [rank 7] of the world’s worst hosts and networks based on malicious traffic it hosts.” — Wikipedia, ref: SiteVet’s World Hosts Report (Mar 2014) http://sitevet.com/hosts

    ZenMate claims that “CloudFlare is mainly used for [its] website” & “static non-user specific content”. Hmm, besides “mainly”, how else is ZenMate using CloudFlare ? Where exactly are ZenMate’s VPN proxy nodes hosted ?

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