New security features for all Google One plans

VPN by Google One adds more protection to your internet activity no matter what apps or browsers you use, shielding it from hackers or network operators by masking your IP address. Without a VPN, the sites and apps you visit could use your IP address to track your activity or determine your location. Plus, we take several steps to make sure no one can tie your network traffic to your identity.

Google One VPN: What is it, how much it costs, and more

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VPNs are very popular these days, and Google has jumped on board with Google One VPN. What exactly is it, though? We’ll explain the ins and outs of this VPN service.

What is Google One VPN?

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VPN by Google One is a virtual private network, just like Nord VPN, Express VPN, and other popular options. A VPN lets you encrypt your web traffic and keep it confidential, away from the prying eyes of hackers, internet service providers, and other parties. Google One VPN is available for Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows.

Google’s VPN is part of its Google One cloud storage service. You cannot purchase it separately. This is also why it used to be more expensive than other options, but Google has since expanded its VPN services to all Google One plans, including the cheapest $1.99/month one.

As with other providers, when you enable Google One VPN, your web traffic gets redirected to proxy servers. This means that your smartphone or computer will have a secure and encrypted connection whenever you use Google One VPN. However, the service assigns you an IP address automatically based on the region of the world you’re in, so you can’t choose a server in a different country — more on this later.

Does Google One VPN work like a traditional VPN?

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Google One VPN works like any other VPN in encrypting your data and rerouting your web traffic through proxy servers. However, there is one key difference that you should know about. Other VPN providers let you choose your server location to circumvent regional restrictions. This enables you to access streaming content, for example, that you otherwise could not access in your country. Google One VPN does not let you do this. Instead, you will automatically be assigned an IP address based on your location. So, if you’re in Germany, you’ll get a German IP address, and if you’re in the US, you’ll get a US IP address, for example.

You can’t use Google One VPN to access streaming content that’s not available in your current region.

You also don’t get many other bells and whistles other VPNs offer. For example, you don’t get an ad blocker. Plus, it’s not clear how many servers in total Google One VPN actually has. You do get a “kill switch” option, however. That is, in case the VPN stops working for whatever reason, you can ensure you disconnect from the internet entirely rather than continuing to browse with an unsecured connection.

Besides that, Google One VPN functions like other VPNs. Google claims it doesn’t log your data besides some minor details to help improve the service. While Google doesn’t have the best reputation regarding data privacy, it has open-sourced some reference files for Google One VPN, and third-party audits have found the amount of data logging to be in line with what Google says.

Google claims it logs how often you used the VPN in the last 28 days, the number of times you attempt to set up a connection, and error logs. You can also opt to share feedback with Google, which will send your device logs containing personal information such as your email address. This is optional, and you must agree to submit the report each time. Other VPNs also claim not to log your details, but the details vary on how much they actually collect and what they do with it.

Note that, like any VPN, websites can still use cookies and other methods to track you. Even Google can still collect your data through the Chrome web browser, Gmail, and other Google services, including your non-VPN Google One storage and account activities as well.

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It can feel impossible to complete certain tasks without being online: We look things up, pay bills, book appointments, shop, share photos and connect with family and friends. With so much at stake, we want to make sure that information stays protected.

All Google One plans already come with more storage to keep your files, photos and videos safely backed up. And now for additional layers of security (and peace of mind), we’re expanding VPN by Google One to all plans and introducing dark web report in the U.S. to help you better monitor your personal information.

VPN access now available for all Google One plans

VPN by Google One adds more protection to your internet activity no matter what apps or browsers you use, shielding it from hackers or network operators by masking your IP address. Without a VPN, the sites and apps you visit could use your IP address to track your activity or determine your location. Plus, we take several steps to make sure no one can tie your network traffic to your identity.

Starting today, and rolling out over the next few weeks, we’re expanding VPN access to all Google One plans, including the Basic plan that starts at $1.99/mo. The VPN will be available in 22 countries across Android, iOS, Windows and Mac devices. You can also share the VPN with up to five others if they’re on your Google One plan.

Dark web report monitors for stolen information

Online identity fraud due to information stolen through data breaches is an increasing problem that affects millions of people every year. A lot of this stolen info can be found on the dark web, a hard-to-reach part of the internet that requires a specialized browser to access and isn’t indexed by search engines. So how do you know if your info was found on the dark web where it might be at risk?

Google One’s dark web report helps you scan the dark web for your personal info — like your name, address, email, phone number and Social Security number — and will notify you if it’s found. When you enable dark web report, you provide and select the information you’d like to keep an eye on within your monitoring profile. And if any matching info is found on the dark web, we’ll notify you and provide guidance on how you might protect that information. For example, if your Social Security number was found on the dark web, we might suggest you report it as stolen to the government or take steps to protect your credit.

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In addition to showing results matched to the personal info you added to your monitoring profile, dark web report will also show you other related info that may be found in those data breaches. The info in your monitoring profile is handled according to Google’s privacy policy and you can delete any info from your profile or stop monitoring at any time.

Dark web report will start rolling out over the next few weeks to members across all Google One plans in the U.S.

In addition to these enhanced security features, all Google One plans come with expanded cloud storage, editing features like Magic Eraser in Google Photos, 1 access to expert support and other benefits 2 across Google. Learn more about Google One and which plan is right for you.