Mozilla is rolling out a new subscription service, Monitor Plus, designed to assist users in locating and removing their personal and sensitive information from data broker websites across the internet.
This subscription is an extension of Mozilla Monitor, initially a free service notifying users of email data breaches. Monitor Plus, available at $13.99 per month (or $8.99 per month with an annual subscription), offers over 10 million existing Mozilla Monitor users tools to scan and secure their leaked personal information.
The current process of removing information from data broker websites is often complex and unclear for users. Mozilla Monitor aims to simplify this process by actively searching 190 known data broker sites where personal information is sold. For Monitor Plus subscribers, the service automatically initiates removal requests for data found on these sites. The process can take anywhere from a day to a month.
Free users will have the option for a one-time scan of data broker sites but must manually go through the removal process. This approach may encourage users to consider the subscription service, which streamlines the removal process. Both free and paid users will continue to receive alerts about data breaches and be provided with tools to address high-risk breaches.
Tony Amaral-Cinotto, Product Manager of Mozilla Monitor at Mozilla, highlighted the company’s commitment to putting people’s needs first. Monitor Plus combines breach alerts with data broker removal, offering an all-in-one protection tool and making online safety more accessible.
Considering the increasing impact of data breaches—233 million people affected in 2023 alone—Mozilla’s Monitor Plus comes as a valuable tool for users seeking to safeguard their personal information. While initially available to users in the U.S., the service aims to provide an essential solution to the challenges posed by data breaches and the exposure of private information online.