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All US Gmail Users May Now Get Dark Web Surveillance Thanks to Google

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Jul 11, 2023
Google enables dark web surveillance for Gmail

The functionality will roll out over the next several weeks, the firm added, and access will also be extended to a few chosen overseas markets, as it did during the Google I/O annual developer conference. Once enabled, users of Gmail will be able to search the dark web for their email addresses and take precautions to secure their data using Google’s advice.

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According to Google Core services SVP Jen Fitzpatrick, “Up until now, our dark web report was only accessible to Google One subscribers in the U.S., but we’re extending access to it in the coming weeks, so anyone with a Gmail account in the U.S. will be able to run scans to see if your Gmail address is on the dark web and receive advice on what steps to take to safeguard yourself.”

Google will also alert Gmail users on a regular basis to see whether their email has been connected to any data breaches that resulted in posts on darknet forums for crimes. Users of all Google One plans in the United States began receiving the dark web report in March 2023, giving them an easy method to be informed when their personal information was found on the dark web.

When the tool was originally introduced in March, Google One Director of Product Management Esteban Kozak said, “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 alert you if it’s discovered.” 

Members of Google One can enable it by heading to Google One and selecting “Set up > Start monitoring” under “Dark web report.” The business asserts that all the private information uploaded to the profile may be removed from the monitoring profile or by deleting the profile in the settings for the dark web report.

The Safe Browsing service has been improved by Google to detect and stop 25% more phishing attempts on Chrome and Android, according to a statement made today at Google I/O. Additionally, the firm has updated Google Drive with a new spam view and made it easy to remove search history in Google Maps.

Google One customers are furthermore provided results, according to Kozak, “other related info that may be found in those data breaches.”