Google to offer users free dark web monitoring

Google to offer users free dark web monitoring

Google announced in an update Tuesday that its dark web monitoring service, also known as the “dark web report,” will be made available to all Google users in 46 countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom, by the end of the month, according to Fast Company. This feature was previously only available to users with a Google One subscription.

The dark web report will be located on the “Results about you” page when you visit myactivity.google.com.

Google’s “Dark Web Report” feature will analyze the shady underbelly of algorithms that have found themselves on the wrong side of digital channels to determine if your personal information has been exposed. This includes information such as your name, address, phone numbers, and email accounts.

This is a very handy feature, especially if you’re one of the millions of people who have been the victims of hacking, data breaches, or identity theft. Just a few months ago, the information of 7.6 million AT&T customers was leaked on the dark web, forcing the telecom giant to reset all of its affected users’ passcodes.

Other services like Proton Mail and LastPass already have features that monitor the dark web for user information and leaked passwords and alert them if they find anything.