More security for the same price! The Mountain View giant has just announced that it is extending access to its VPN to all packages of its Google One offer. It also adds a new function to monitor the Dark Web to flush out any stolen personal data.
More for all that! Google is beefing up its One subscription plan, which offers more storage space for the giant’s services you use. Two new features are particularly noteworthy.
A VPN for everyone
The first is the decision of the Mountain View giant to integrate the VPN in all its packages. No need to turn to the most expensive offer, at 10 euros per month, to be entitled to it. This will make it easier for you to protect your browsing.
This expansion of the service starts now, but it should take several weeks to extend to all users worldwide. For now, the VPN is available in 22 countries, including France, Belgium and Switzerland. It can be activated on Android, iOS, Windows and Macs.
You can always share it with five other people, if they are attached to your subscription. Note that Google VPN does not allow, like Apple’s Private Relay, to choose a geographical area of exit from the VPN tunnel. It cannot therefore be used to obtain a temporary US IP address, for example. Its purpose is only to protect your surfing, which is already a lot.
The VPN, from Google One, is now available for all packages.
Defense against the Dark Web
The second novelty is the arrival of a new tool, for the moment reserved for users living in the United States. What is its purpose? To monitor the Dark Web in search of any personal data that may have been stolen in an attack or the use of a security hole.
Marketplaces that sell detailed information such as phone numbers, addresses, social security numbers or bank details of Internet users are numerous on this part of the Web that is not indexed and more difficult to access.
Google proposes to monitor it for you and to provide you with a report. The user defines the elements he wants to be monitored, and if Google finds a trace of it, it will warn him and advise him on how to proceed. For example, how to tell the proper authorities that their social security number has been stolen.
Of course, if Google finds additional and related information to the one you asked it to find, it will also warn you.
The American giant also takes the trouble to specify that the information you entrust to it to search for traces on the Dark Web can be deleted at any time by you and that it is kept in accordance with its commitments to respect the privacy of its users.
This new feature will be rolled out in the coming weeks in the U.S. for all subscribers, regardless of the plan they subscribe to.