Google empowers Gmail users' security with a free watchdog

Emre Çitak
May 11, 2023

In a world plagued by persistent hacker attacks on major websites and the subsequent leakage of user data, it is highly likely that your own login credentials have been compromised at some point. However, the real challenge lies in identifying if your data has been hacked and taking the necessary steps to protect yourself.

Recognizing this concern, Google has stepped up to the plate by offering a solution that aims to strengthen Gmail security for its users. The tech giant has announced the rollout of dark web monitoring reports to every Gmail user in the United States, free of charge at Google I/O 2023 event. This move signifies Google's commitment to prioritizing user security and creating a safer online environment.

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Google has announced that they will offer free dark web security for Gmail users at Google I/O event

This advanced tool, previously limited to paid Google One subscribers, will now be available to every Gmail user in the United States, empowering individuals to identify if their Gmail addresses appear on the dark web.

Jen Fitzpatrick, Senior Vice President of Google Core Systems & Experiences, highlighted the significance of this development in a recent blog post, stating that users will also receive guidance on the necessary actions to protect themselves, including password changes and the implementation of two-factor authentication.

Google will offer free dark web monitoring for Gmail users

The decision to make dark web monitoring reports accessible to all Gmail users in the United States, free of charge, marks a notable expansion of Google's security offerings. Previously, this invaluable feature was exclusive to Google One subscribers, but the company's recent announcement during the Google I/O event has made it clear that user security is a top priority.

While the specifics of the guidance provided within these reports were not disclosed, it is recommended to consider employing reputable password managers to further bolster security measures. Although the availability of dark web reports for American Gmail users is set to roll out in the coming weeks, Google plans to extend this service to select international markets at a later date, further reinforcing its commitment to global account security.

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The free dark web security by Google will be initially available to Gmail users from the United States

A sigh of relief

Google's move to offer dark web monitoring reports to a broader audience builds upon the feature's initial introduction to Google One customers in March 2023. By making this tool free and accessible, Google aims to empower a significantly larger user base, potentially including the estimated two billion Gmail accounts worldwide.

This development brings crucial security measures to the forefront, enabling users to proactively safeguard their accounts and personal information. Even if the initial rollout is limited to specific countries, the impact will be substantial, as millions of users will benefit from enhanced security practices.


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  1. Paul(us) said on May 12, 2023 at 10:15 pm

    Why not mention that there is a possibility that this function comes to Europe or another part of the world? Or even maybe a date?

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