Back in October 2020, Google launched a virtual private network (VPN) service for Google One members in the United States using Android devices, but now the offering has expanded its reach.
Google told iPhone in Canada on Monday its VPN by Google One service is now available in Canada, along with Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain and Italy.
The VPN service is included for Google One members with a 2 TB plan or higher, with the latter starting at $13.99 CAD per month or $139.99 CAD per year.
Google also details new security and private updates to its VPN service:
- Safe Disconnect: Members can set up their phone to only use the internet when the VPN is on. If the VPN is disconnected, internet access is blocked until the VPN reconnects.
- App bypass: When the VPN is connected, members can still allow traffic from some mobile apps to route over their regular internet connection instead of the VPN’s encrypted tunnel.
- Snooze button: Members can temporarily turn off the VPN.
- ioXt certification: The VPN was certified by the Internet of Secure Things Alliance (ioXt) — making it one of the first apps to receive the organization’s stamp of approval, passing all eight of its security principles.
- Independent audit: The VPN underwent an independent audit, which found it to have “a very robust security posture.”
To use Google’s VPN service, one needs to download the Google One app for Android. Enabling the VPN will encrypt your phone’s online traffic, which secures your browsing when using a web browser or any app, especially if you’re using public or unsecured Wi-Fi networks.