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Google will send an alert if your email is found on the dark web

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Google I/O 2023 was packed with software and hardware announcements as you’d expect. However, other than the usual launches, Google is also expanding its dark web monitoring features to all customers in the US. Previously, the feature was only available to Google One subscribers in the US.

The feature, dubbed Dark Web Report started rolling out in March 2023 to members of any Google One plan in the US and allowed them to run scans to check if their Gmail address or other personal information including name, address, phone number and even Social Security number had ended up on the dark web. 

In the coming few weeks, anyone with a Gmail account in the US will be able to run scans to see if their Gmail address appears on the dark web. Google will also provide guidance on what actions the users can take to protect themselves. Additionally, Gmail users will also be notified regularly to check if their emails have been linked or exposed to any data breaches that end up on underground forums. 

The feature makes it easy to find your personal information on the dark web. | Source: Google

Google announced at its developer conference that the feature will be rolling out to select international markets as well. But it did not specify a date or what markets will be getting the feature. 

Other security announcements at Google I/O 2023 included an upgrade to the Safe Browsing service as the company tries to catch and block up to 25% more phishing attempts on Chrome and Android, a new spam view in Google Drive and an easier way to delete search history in google Maps. Passkey sign-in is now enabled on Google services too, with Google being the first major tech company to implement the change. 

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: yadullahabidi@pm.me.

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