Google’s VPN service was only available to those with one of the highest levels of Google One up until this point, but that’s changing.
All plans include Google One VPN going forward, though the rollout is ongoing and may take a few weeks to finish. The service works with Google One members in Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Why only these countries? We can’t tell you, unfortunately.
Anyway, the good news is that you’ll be able to use the VPN on Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac devices, and you can share it with up to five others if they’re on your Google One plan.
In addition, for US Google One users, there is a new dark web report. This helps you scan the dark web for examples of your personal information, which may have been exposed through various online security breaches. Online identity fraud due to stolen information like this is a growing problem that, Google says, affects “millions of people” each year.
The new service will notify you when it finds any of your personal information on the dark web. The way it works is that you first need to provide and choose the information you want to monitor, and then you do just that. If you find anything, you’ll also get some instructions on how to protect that information. The example Google gives here is that if it finds your Social Security number, it will suggest that you report it stolen to the government or take steps to protect your credit.
The Dark Web Report will begin rolling out “over the next few weeks” to members across all Google One plans in the US.
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