Google Announces New VPN for Google One Customers

Google announced on Thursday that Google One customers can now use a new virtual private network (VPN) service that will provide them an extra layer of protection when they go online.

Google One is a subscription-based cloud storage and backup service. The new VPN by Google One is available to customers who have subscribed to a 2 TB plan or higher. The 2 TB plan costs $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year.VPN by Google One

The VPN service will initially only be available in the United States on Android — it will be rolled out over the next weeks and it can be enabled from the Google One app.

However, Google says it plans on expanding it to more countries and operating systems — including Windows, macOS and iOS — in the coming months.

“We already build advanced security into all our products, and the VPN extends that security to encrypt all of your phone’s online traffic, no matter what app or browser you’re using,” said Larissa Fontaine, director of Google One. “The VPN is built into the Google One app, so with just one tap, you can rest assured knowing your connection is safe from hackers.”

Google has also released a whitepaper with some technical details on its new VPN, as well as the source code for the client library to allow users and experts to check how it handles data.

The company says the VPN does not log user activity or data that could reveal personally identifiable information. This includes network traffic, IP address, connection timestamp, or the bandwidth used.

“We will have external security experts audit VPN by Google One end to end, including the server-side implementation, and publish a report on our VPN privacy protections,” Google said in its whitepaper.

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.

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