In an interview with German tech news site t3n, Mozilla CEO Chris Beard has revealed plans to launch a premium version of Firefox later this year.
This version will be available as a monthly subscription, Beard told t3n, and users will have access to a standard Firefox release with additional services.
Things haven't been ironed out yet, but Beard suggested that some of these additional features will be access to a VPN service and a secure storage space.
Beard said that all current Firefox features would remain free, and the browser maker won't take previously free features and move them into a premium tier.
Mozilla plans to test this subscription service sometime in October.
Mozilla looking for new revenue streams
This subscription service is Mozilla's latest attempt at finding alternative methods of monetizing its service.
"We are working on three sources of income, and we want to rebalance them," Beard told t3n. "We have Search, but we also make content. We have a company called Pocket that discovers and curates content. There is also sponsored content. This is the content business."
"And the third one we are working on and developing [...] are premium levels for some of these offerings," Beard said. "You can imagine something like a secure storage solution."