Google One’s cheapest pricing plan gets a whole lot better at protecting its users’ privacy after the company announced it is now offering a VPN (opens in new tab) service and dark web monitoring for stolen data – all for just $1.99 per month.
In a news update (opens in new tab)the company announced that the expansion of VPN access to all Google One plans will take place in the coming weeks for users in 22 countries.
In addition, the new tools will not only be available to users for Android and iOS; but also for those on Windows and Mac computers.
Keep an eye on the dark web
Users can also share the VPN with up to five other people, if they have a Google One subscription, the company added.
The launch marks a significant step forward for Google, whose VPN service was previously only available to users who chose their 2TB+ plans (at least $9.99 per month).
But this isn’t your typical VPN, as it’s not really designed to get around geo-restrictions, but to mask the user’s IP address from networks and third parties. By comparison, iCloud+ has a similar feature called Private Relay, which costs $0.99 (price varies by country, though).
In addition to the VPN, Google One’s cheapest package now includes dark web monitoring. In the same announcement, the company said it will “scan the dark web for your personal information — such as your name, address, email address, phone number, and social security number (SSN).”
If Google finds anything about users on the dark web, it will notify the user and provide advice on how to protect that information.
The full list of countries that can enjoy the new services includes Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Via: 9To5Google (opens in new tab)