Google has announced that all Gmail users in the United States will soon be able to use what the company calls "Dark Web Report," a feature that searches the "dark web" to see if a user's email address has fallen into the wrong hands.
The company also said that the feature will be gradually rolled out over the coming weeks, with access to it gradually rolling out to other countries.
Once enabled, Gmail users will be able to scan the dark web for their email addresses and take steps to protect data based on Google's recommendations. For example, a user might be prompted to turn on two-factor authentication to protect their account from hacking attempts.
According to Google itself, the feature was previously available in the US to Google One subscribers, but now it's no longer a paid perk, but a public feature. In addition to manual scanning, the company itself will periodically send small reports to Gmail users about whether their email address or other personal data was included in any information leaks.
“If any relevant information about you is found on the Dark Web, we will notify you and provide guidance on how you can protect that information,” said Esteban Kozak, director of product management for Google One.