Mozilla announced a paid version of its privacy-first Firefox Relay service, which helps you protect your identity online by creating email aliases when you shop, game, and interact with services.
“Firefox Relay, a privacy-first and free product that hides your real email address to help protect your identity, is available with a new paid Premium service offering,” the announcement on the Mozilla blog reads. “The release comes just in time for the holiday season to help spare your inbox from being inundated with emails from e-commerce sites, especially those sites where you may shop or visit a few times a year.”
Firefox Relay solves a real problem: as you browse the web, you provide your email address— personal and unique identifier, as Mozilla correctly notes, similar to your phone number—to login and access websites, apps, newsletters, and more. But that means your email address can be used by these services directly, to market you new services, or indirectly, if they’re sold to others.
The free version of Firefox Relay provides you with five email aliases to use whenever you sign-up for an online account. The service sends and forwards email messages from your alias to your primary email address. And Mozilla being Mozilla, it doesn’t read or keep any of these messages; they’re deleted after they’re sent and delivered to you.
Firefox Relay Premium offers subscribers one subdomain address that you can use to create an unlimited number of email aliases, a dashboard for managing these aliases, the option to use your email aliases to reply to emails directly, and support. For a limited time, Firefox Relay Premium is available for just 99 cents per month. I’m not sure how much it will cost after this offer ends.
You can learn more about Firefox Relay from the Firefox Relay website.