Set alerts: In just a few weeks, you can ask Google if your email address is being used as a currency on what is known as the “Dark Web.”
This is a service that the company previously offered to Google One subscribers as a paid security method. It’s now rolling out to Gmail users in full.
The “Dark Web” is commonly referred to as a set of servers that do not publicly list themselves with search engines. Quite the opposite. Because you don’t want to be seen by the law for any reason. The dark web or darknet came to the surface a few years ago when researchers began examining the extent of the “dark” web. There are many important and positive aspects of the dark web. For example, it can be used to express oneself freely in an oppressive regime. But even there, illegal trade can take place, including the sale of drugs and weapons. Hackers and criminals can also buy and sell stolen personal information from security breaches that Google’s privacy protections come in with.
Google keeps its own eyes on the dark web which it uses to try to protect you. It’s not perfect, but if Google detects your email address (which can be used as login information on sites you signed up for), your email, your Google account, or the site that one of your email addresses signed in to has been compromised. In this case, Google will flag your email and send you a notification.
We don’t know exactly how this will work, but we expect it to work similarly to the privacy diagnostics provided by Google and Microsoft. Corrupted by invasion of privacy. It’s just one way to check if your password has been stolen.
Google also announced several other privacy initiatives at its developer conference, Google I/O.
- A new spam protection feature in Google Drive that helps you determine if the files you’ve saved are really unwanted.
- A location notification on your phone if the app wants to share your location.
- A new Data Wipe option within Google Play.