Google One will offer free VPN services and dark-web monitoring for all subscribers at no extra cost.
Two new security features for Google One subscribers will roll out in the next few weeks.
The first is a free virtual private network (VPN) service that will protect your data by encrypting your online browser sessions and masking your internet protocol (IP) address to help “shield against eavesdropping by hackers on unsecured networks,” said Google.
“While in transit, unsecured data can be intercepted by hackers, which compromises your privacy and overall security,” Google said.
The VPN service will work across all Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac devices and can be shared by up to five family group members.
Google also noted that the free VPN service will never track, log or sell the users online activity, including network traffic and IP address.
It will also introduce a dark-web monitoring service to help users keep track of their personal information online.
The free service will scan the dark web for the member’s personal info — such as name, address, email, and phone and social security numbers — and notify the user if any sensitive data is found.
Subscribers can choose which information to monitor, and if found, Google will also provide “guidance” on how to protect that information, such as reporting it as stolen to the government or signing up for a credit-monitoring service.
“In addition to showing results matched to the personal info you added to your monitoring profile, dark-web report will also show you other related info that may be found in those data breaches,” Google said.
Google One offers three paid subscriptions, varying according to the storage capacity chosen.
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