Firefox's new feature lets you take control over your data

Promo image for Mozilla Monitor Plus, user data scan and removal tool for Firefox
(Image credit: Mozilla)

Cyberattacks and data breaches are on the rise globally. Even big organizations with vast resources struggle to keep up with these threats, so what can everyday internet users like you do about it?

For this year's Safer Internet Day, the provider behind one of the most secure web browsers around decided to come up with a tool to help you stay on top of your privacy online. Previously known as Firefox Monitor, Mozilla Monitor Plus is a new paid service that automatically scans the web to remove your personal information in case it has been leaked.

Available only if you are in the US at the time of writing, Mozilla Monitor Plus's first scan comes completely free of charge. The software adds up to further Firefox's security and privacy tools including its free email breach alert, two-factor-authentication and VPN service

The need for Mozilla Monitor Plus

"When we launched Monitor, our goal was to help people discover where their personal info may have been exposed," said Tony Amaral-Cinotto, Product Manager of Mozilla Monitor. "Now, with Monitor Plus, we’ll help people take back their exposed data from data broker sites that are trying to sell it."

Previously known as Firefox Monitor, the tool was first launched in 2018 as a free service to alert people when they’ve been part of a data breach. All you needed to do was type your email address in the scan bar and the browser would check if it was involved in an incident. If you got notified, you could act accordingly to secure your privacy, for example, by changing the password of your account.

Since then, though, much has changed. The information we share online keeps growing, but so do also incidents of data breaches. In 2023, there was a huge rise worldwide with over 110.8 million accounts breached in the second half of the year alone—VPN provider Surfshark found out. 

While we all are more aware of this growing issue, taking control over our data online can be extremely time consuming and quite overwhelming—where should we start, really? With its new tool, Mozilla aims to offer an easy way out from this security and privacy mess.

Gif showing how Mozilla Monitor Plus works in practice

Mozilla Monitor Plus only needs your first and last name, the current city and state that you live in, your date of birth, and your email address to successfully complete the security scan.  (Image credit: Mozilla)

According to Cinotto, Mozilla Monitor Plus's straightforward step-by-step process makes the tool unique in its simplicity. 

All you need to do is sign up to Mozilla to get your first scan free of charge. You'll need to provide your first and last name, the current city and state that you live in, your date of birth, and your email address. Mozilla ensures all your details will be encrypted for security and process according to the provider's privacy policy.

Mozilla Monitor Plus combines breach alerts and data broker removal to offer an all-in-one protection tool to take back control over your data within a couple of clicks.

"More importantly, it alerts you immediately when your information has been found in a breach and provides you with guided steps to secure your information. Users of other data removal services will need to try to find their breached data on their own," Cinotto told me.

To use the tool at all its potential, though, you'll need to upgrade to Monitor Plus paid service. You can either choose its monthly plan, at $13.99, or the one-year subscription, which costs the equivalent of $8.99 a month (a total of $107.88 for the whole year).

Paid subscribers will have Mozilla Monitor dealing with data removal requests on their behalf, while the tool automatically scans every month more than 190 data broker sites—twice the number that competitors scan, the provider claims—to make sure your personal information stays out of bad actors' reach.

The new Firefox tool is meant to add on Mozilla's security suite which also includes its Firefox Relay and Mozilla VPN. At the time of writing, you can only use Mozilla Monitor Plus if you are based in the United States. 

Asked about plans of adding new locations on a later date, Cinotto said: "The data broker industry is a global problem, but it is particularly felt in the US. We’re starting with a US launch to learn more about how we can help these consumers, what opportunities there are globally, and to ensure we’re offering the best automatic data removal service possible."

Chiara Castro
Senior Staff Writer

Chiara is a multimedia journalist committed to covering stories to help promote the rights and denounce the abuses of the digital side of life—wherever cybersecurity, markets and politics tangle up. She mainly writes news, interviews and analysis on data privacy, online censorship, digital rights, cybercrime, and security software, with a special focus on VPNs, for TechRadar Pro, TechRadar and Tom’s Guide. Got a story, tip-off or something tech-interesting to say? Reach out to