Google is always expanding its tech empire with new apps and services, but the most interesting addition in a long time is its all new VPN .
Subscribe to the 2 TB + of the company Google One not only offer you cloud storage and backup of the tphone: there is now a Android VPN also.
Sounds good, but can you really trust a VPN from a company that makes money collecting your data? Does the service have the features you need and how does it compare with the big vendors? We've got the details you need to decide if this VPN is right for you.
1. It's designed to prevent logging.
Using a VPN normally means trusting the service to keep your browsing history private, but Google's VPN is different. The company not only promises not to save your information, they designed the service to make that impossible.
Connect to most VPNs and the server manages your credentials and can see every site you visit. It can be relatively easy to create a browsing history.
Sign in to Google One VPN and the company uses a technique called blind signing to protect you. Google's authentication system knows who you are, but doesn't see your traffic. And the VPN server sees the sites you are visiting, but doesn't know who you are. The end result: Googlecannot save your browsing history because there is no way to link your online activities to your account.
Private Relay also uses blind signature, but it is not an approach we've seen from other big names in VPNs, and it gives Google a definite privacy advantage.
2. It's also open source and audited.
Don't trust Google? Smart move: you don't have to take any supplier at their word. This is why Google opened its Google One client code , and the client and other service components have been independently audited by a consulting firm safe NCC Group .
It's good to see a VPN open to this kind of scrutiny. And if you're the technical type, go read the report for yourself - it's packed with low-level details on what auditors checked and everything they found.