Google is rolling out an option that will notify Gmail users if their email address appears on the dark web

Google is rolling out an option that will notify Gmail users if their email address appears on the dark web

Google announced that all Gmail users, for now only in the United States, will soon be able to use a security feature that will let them know if their email address has been found on the dark web.

At the Google I/O annual developer conference, it was said that access to Google’s Dark Web Report will be expanded in the coming weeks, and that it will soon be expanded to select international markets.

Once enabled, the new option will allow Gmail users to scan the dark web for their email addresses, as well as other information such as phone numbers and social security numbers. Google will notify them if the requested data is found, as well as the measures they can take to protect their data, such as turning on two-step authentication on their Google Account.

As of March 2023, this option was only available to Google One subscribers in the US.

Google will also regularly remind Gmail users to check their email address for any incidents and leaks that have ended up on cybercrime forums.

Users who choose this option should create a tracking profile with their data in Google One, in “Settings” → “Start Tracking” → “Dark Web Report”.

The company says any personal information added to a profile can be deleted from the tracking profile or by removing the profile in the Dark Web Report settings.

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