Google is announcing more features that are being expanded to all Google One subscribers. New additions include VPN access for all Google One members, not just those with Pixel devices or Premium plans. The company is also launching a “Dark Web Report” so you can see where your sensitive information is being traded.
Starting today and rolling out over the next few weeks, Google One members starting at Basic $2 per month will be able to access Google’s VPN feature across Android, Windows, Mac, and iOS.
Google VPN Useful if you need to hop on the net from another IP address or if you are spying on your phone and want to avoid an employer peeping at your browsing activity. The only catch is that it doesn’t offer the exact settings you can get with a service like ExpressVPN, which lets you connect across a completely different country (useful for watching Netflix in other regions). It should be noted that your Google account still tracks your data as you move between websites.
As for the dark web report, this is Google’s new way of letting users know if their information has made it to the scarier parts of the internet. It works similarly to the password verification offered through Google Chrome’s Password Manager. It matches the data you provide — you identify the data — to a global database of leaked information such as credit card and Social Security numbers. Each report will show which of your information was compromised, and Google will suggest that you report it to the appropriate entities when appropriate. The feature will be available to Google One subscribers and will be rolled out over the next few weeks.
Google One is a fair deal. Plans start at $2 per month and include Google Drive storage, photos, and Google Store cashback. Two weeks ago, Google also brought some Previously exclusive Pixel features For all Android and iPhone users with a Google One subscription. They include access to Google Photos’ Magic Eraser capability, a new HDR effect, and new collage styles.
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