Google is keen on encouraging people to sign up and pay for Google One. In addition to cloud storage, a subscription provides credit rebates for Google Store purchases, hotel discounts, premium features for Google Meet calls, and advanced editing options for Google Photos.
Moreover, if you pay for 2TB or more of storage, you’ll also have access to a VPN service. Today, however, Google is making its VPN service more widely available. In addition, every Google One member will now have the capability to monitor if their personal information is being traded on the dark web.
Both of these features are being launched today and will gradually become available to eligible One subscribers over the next few weeks. It’s worth noting that up to six individuals per Google One subscription can benefit from its perks.
Google One VPN
The Google One VPN is accessible to users on the Basic 100GB and Standard 200GB plans. This expansion makes the service available to those paying as little as $2 per month or $20 per year, across multiple platforms, including Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows, in 22 different countries.
These countries include Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
VPN by Google One is a tool designed to enhance your online privacy and security by masking your IP address from third-party networks. Unlike other VPNs that focus on bypassing geographic content restrictions, Google One VPN prioritizes protecting your data and online identity.
When you connect to the internet using VPN by Google One, your device’s traffic is encrypted and routed through a remote server operated by Google. This process effectively shields your IP address from prying eyes and adds an extra layer of protection against cyber threats like hacking, phishing, and data theft.
One of the benefits of VPN by Google One is that it works with all apps and browsers on your device, providing a seamless and integrated user experience. Additionally, the VPN automatically connects whenever you use an unsecured Wi-Fi network, ensuring that your data is always protected, even when you’re on the go.
Google has published a detailed white paper explaining how VPN by Google One works, as well as the technical details behind the encryption and routing protocols used to keep your data safe. This level of transparency is a testament to Google’s commitment to user privacy and security.
It’s worth noting that purchasers of the Pixel 7 series were given a five-year complimentary subscription to the Google One VPN. This recent expansion of the service may render that benefit moot if they have already subscribed to the Basic or Standard Google One plans. However, it should be noted that owning a Pixel 7 or Pixel 7 Pro does not automatically mean that one is paying for Google One.
Furthermore, if you reside in the United States and use Google Fi, the corporation’s virtual wireless service, you can utilize a distinct VPN service reserved only for your mobile phones. Additionally, Fi provides a free Google One 100GB subscription (or an equivalent reduction on the 200GB and 2TB monthly plans), which means you can now access the One VPN client on all of your devices through this announcement.
Dark web report & monitoring
Moreover, all Google One members in the United States now have the option to sign up for a new service that monitors the dark web. With this service, you can track if your personal information, including your name, address, email, phone number, and social security number, has been discovered on dark web sources. In the event of any findings, Google will alert users and suggest ways to safeguard themselves against potential identity fraud.