Google announced on Thursday that subscribers to the 1 TB Google One plan will receive a new VPN service option for free. VPN options are directly controlled in the Google One mobile app and activated on Android phones.When you power To be able to use the Google One Android app on a Chromebook for private web browsing, a little trick hidden in the Google support document tells us that you don’t have to do this in the future. Google One’s VPN itself has been used in Chromebooks.
I am a Google One subscriber, but these days I use a 200 GB plan, which is $2.99 per month. The price of the 2 TB package is $9.99 per month, or $99 if you pay annually. Therefore, according to my current plan, I will not get VPN service.
In any case, I was interested in these details, so I started to dig around to get more information about VPN services.
Google published this PDF file to explain what Google One VPN is and how it works. Then at the bottom, I used four eyes to spy on this verse:
We believe that an easy-to-use, highly private and high-performance VPN will greatly help improve the privacy and security of online users. Therefore, it is not surprising that we want as many users as possible to use VPN technology.
First, we will provide the service on Android. Over time, we plan to expand on more platforms such as iOS, ChromeOS, Windows and Mac.
Unfortunately, Google has not yet stated exactly when other platforms will get this privacy feature. I will watch any VPN-related content submitted by the Chromium code, which will allow me to understand the schedule of Chrome OS support in advance.
Knowing the data-driven Google as a company, I think it will first focus on the platform with the highest usage rate of Google One subscribers.
Even before publishing this article, I was expecting comments on “Why would you trust Google for private browsing activities?” This is a fair point of view, especially due to Google’s advertising-centric business model and the fact that certain VPN providers are indeed not trusted. Some people have been found to store user data on their servers, which is a big no-no in the VPN field.
I have two rebuttals, or you can make a pre-rebuttal if you wish.
First, Google stated that none of your VPN data will be used for advertising. In addition, it plans to let an independent third party review the privacy of the service:
Using the VPN provided by Google One, the VPN cannot identify the user’s online activities, and the VPN does not record the user’s online activities. We believe that VPNs must be transparent and robust. This is why we open source our customers and will provide third-party audits of end-to-end solutions to make them externally verifiable.
Second, if you’re using a Chromebook, Google already Record your browsing activities through the devices and web applications you use. Of course, you can use incognito mode to prevent certain network activities from becoming part of your profile. In addition, or by using other trusted or self-hosted VPNs on Chromebooks, Google will still get most of its online activities.
In this case, why not consider using the VPN provided by Google One on your Chromebook, especially if you pay $9.99 a month for two terabytes of Google One storage space?
*I recently reviewed a home network security product called Firewalla Gold. In addition to protecting my network and smart home devices from external threats, it also acts as a free localized VPN server for my home.