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Google One Dark Web report feature announced, VPN reach expanded to users on all plans


Google One has launched a new dark web reporting feature for US users. This feature will help customers keep an eye on their personal information in the darkest corners of the internet. The company has now expanded VPN access by Google One to all plans. Previously, the service was only available to users on the Premium 2TB plan. Google recently launched support for Magic Eraser and HDR effects for videos for Google One subscribers and older Pixel smartphones.

The tech giant on Wednesday introduced a new dark web reporting feature to all Google One members in the US. It purportedly helps a user scan the Dark Web for their personal information — such as name, address, email, phone number, and social security number — and will notify them if a match is found.

When the dark web reporting feature is enabled, users enter and choose the information they want to monitor in a monitoring profile. If any matching information is detected on the dark web, the feature will notify the user and provide instructions on how to secure that information. Google notes as an example, if they discover someone’s Social Security number on the dark web, they may advise the user to report the theft to the government or take steps to protect their credit information.

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Dark web report feature on Google One
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In addition to the results corresponding to the personal information users have in the monitoring profile, the dark web report will display other relevant information that may be found in security breaches and data leaks. Information in a user’s monitoring profile is handled in accordance with Google’s privacy policies, and users can delete or stop tracking at any time. The Dark Web Report will be available to members of all Google One plans in the US over the next few weeks.

Google is also expanding VPN access to all Google One members, including the Basic plan, which starts at $1.99 a month (roughly Rs. 160), starting today and rolling out over the next several weeks, across Android, iOS, and Windows. and Mac systems in 22 countries. Members can also share the VPN with up to five other Google One subscribers if they are included in the basic Google One plan.

A VPN – or Virtual Private Network – acts as an additional layer of security, encrypting a user’s online activity and protecting it from hackers and network operators (which may include your ISP, carrier, or public Wi-Fi provider). It also hides users’ IP addresses from websites and apps, which can also be used to track their activity over time or pinpoint their location.

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Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.