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Browsing from the coffee shop? You might want to try Google's new VPN service

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Google’s new VPN feature is aimed at protecting Google One users’ privacy when browsing from insecure hotspots.
Keen coffee drinkers with terrible cybersecurity habits could be about to get an answer to privacy problems they didn’t know they had. Targeting anyone who is inclined to connect to unsecured Wi-Fi networks in cafes and other public venues, naively entering credit-card details and other personal data, Google is now releasing a new Virtual Private Network (VPN) directly embedded in Google One services. Available only to customers subscribed to the 2TB Google One plan, which comes at $9.99 a month, the VPN will provide an extra layer of security for Android phones by encrypting online traffic on all apps and browsers. When switched on, the new feature will prevent hackers from eavesdropping on sensitive data when users are connected to public networks. Google already offers a similar feature through Google Fi, the company’s mobile virtual network operator. However, the always-on VPN protection enabled by Fi is only available to Android smartphones that are subscribed to Fi services. Unsecured hotspots are notoriously ripe in opportunities for hackers to steal any unencrypted data that transits through the network, ranging from passwords to financial information through IP addresses and visited websites.

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