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Google's dark web monitoring service will soon be free for all users

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Google One users, such as myself, are losing their dark web monitoring benefit but a version is coming to every Google user for free.

Of course, several services both paid and free, like Have I Been Pwned? will scan the dark web for your data and send you alerts. But, for Google users, combining the company’s two monitoring features into a single place to view potential personal information leaks makes sense.

This does means that both perks added last spring for the more than 100 million paid-up Google One subscribers (which starts at $1.99 a month) have been removed. Last month, Google announced that the other addition, its VPN by Google One service, will shut down later this year.

It’s unlikely these were the reasons anyone signed up for Google One in the first place, but it could be disheartening to see benefits disappear without a corresponding drop in price.

The main reason to sign up for Google One is to get more storage for your Google account, including photos and Gmail storage. While there are other perks including premium Google Meet video calling features, the ability to share your storage with up to five people, and enhanced appointment scheduling in Google Calendar none are that compelling. Google’s Gemini-powered AI features might be something you’d consider paying for, but those require higher tiers of Google One, starting at $19.99 a month.

Published: 2024-07-09T15:22:23

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