Google extends VPN access to all Google One members and rolls out new ‘dark web report’ feature

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Google is expanding VPN access to all Google One members across all plans and rolling out a new dark web reporting feature to all subscribers. Google One VPN was previously only available to members on the 2 TB Premium plan, but is now available to all Google One members, including those on the Basic plan that starts at $1.99 per month.

The tech giant notes that VPN by Google One offers greater protection to your internet activity, no matter what apps or browsers you use, by masking your IP address from hackers or network operators.

The VPN is available in Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom and the United States on Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac devices. You can also share the VPN with up to five others if they have a Google One subscription.

Google is also introducing a new feature called “dark web report” for Google One members on all plans in the United States to help users monitor their personal information on the dark web. The dark web report will roll out to members of all Google One plans in the United States in the coming weeks.

Google's new dark web reporting feature

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“Google One’s dark web report helps you scan the dark web for your personal information — such as your name, address, email address, phone number, and social security number — and will notify you if it’s found,” the company said in a statement. a blog post. “When you enable dark web reporting, you provide and select the information you want to monitor within your monitoring profile. And if any matching information is found on the dark web, we will notify you and provide advice on how to protect that information.”

The feature also shows you other related information that may have been found in those data breaches. Google notes that the information in your monitoring profile is treated in accordance with Google’s privacy policy and that you can remove information from your profile or stop monitoring at any time.

The Google One plan originally started out as a way to pay for additional cloud storage for things like Photos, Docs, and Gmail. Over the years, it has expanded to include a wider range of features, which now includes special member benefits such as the ability to have longer group video calls on Google Meet, 10% cashback on Google Store purchases, and extended trial periods.

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