To put it briefly: Online privacy is becoming an ever more pressing issue, and a dependable, no-log VPN can be a great help in providing a sense of security. Data breaches are unfortunately rampant, leading to an abundance of personal information being accessible on the dark web. Google has stepped up to the plate by offering a VPN and dark web tracking services, in an effort to make it easier for people to protect their privacy and safety on the web.
On Wednesday, Google declared two more security features for its Google One cloud storage service. Its VPN service will now be obtainable by all Google One subscribers with no additional cost, which was before accessible only to those with the 2TB plan or higher.
The change in the 2TB plan, priced at $99.99 per month, means that the VPN service is included for all users, across all platforms, such as Android, iOS, Windows and Mac, including those using the basic 100GB plan, which is set at $1.99 per month.
On Wednesday, the rollout commenced and will progress throughout the succeeding weeks. Upon completion, the service will span 22 nations, like the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Switzerland, and others.
Google claims that its VPN service provides users with amplified security, regardless of what applications or browsers they use. Furthermore, it shields users from malicious hackers and cybercriminals by hiding their IP addresses. "If you do not have a VPN, the websites and programs you visit could possibly use your IP address to observe your activity or identify your location," Google stated.
As part of their Google One suite, the company has revealed an innovative security feature which they declare will help keep people's data protected. This feature, dubbed 'Dark Web Report', will scan the dark web for any personal information the user may have, including name, address, email, phone number, and Social Security number.
This feature will start off as disabled, requiring users to activate it manually. Google described, "When you turn on dark web report, you can choose which information you would like to keep track of in your monitoring profile." If any corresponding material is discovered, the company will alert the user and provide advice on how they can safeguard the info.
For instance, Google said that if they detect a user's Social Security number on the dark web, they may recommend that they report it to the government as stolen. Additionally, the organization will also furnish users with information on how to secure their credit.