If you believe a study, more than 25 percent of all users already used a VPN to secure their internet connection in December 2019 – an extremely high value in my opinion. But Google saw some weaknesses in the VPNs available at the time and wanted to do better. VPN should do this according to the legend Which started in the USA in late 2019, in Germany in August and now in Austria and Switzerland.
The VPN offer is a free additional service from Google One that is provided to all users who have subscribed for at least 2 terabytes of storage space for 9.99 euros per month. It is hard to predict how large the group of users will be as a result. From the point of view of a user living in Austria, I was able to say for a few months: I pay for it, but I can’t use it – but it passed surprisingly quickly. If you live in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, or one of the eight other supported countries, you can use a VPN right away Activate via Android App.
Activation is a breeze and usage is automatic. But what is a VPN, why is it needed, and what does Google say it does better than the competition? There is now some information and infographics published in a long white paper that we don’t want to withhold from you.
What does a VPN do?
Most websites and services are now called in encrypted form, but both the Internet provider and potentially connected networks (an Internet cafe, for example) can log the URLs called. If, on the other hand, you use a VPN, the data is transferred directly to and from it so that no intermediate station can read anything. This is explained very well in the graphic above. However, you need to keep in mind that the VPN provider can read unencrypted data.
To the best of its own knowledge, Google does not log any transmitted data and also uses a secure method to authenticate a user that cannot be mathematically broken by two different systems. This is achieved by managing the user’s authentication and their online activities separately and communicating with each other only through personal “blind tokens”. This becomes clear in the following two graphics (traditional above and Google’s system below).
This data is not logged by Google
- Network traffic including DNS
- IP addresses of devices that will be connected to the VPN
- Bandwidth used by individual users
- Connection timestamps from users
This data is logged by Google
- consolidated throughput
- VPN tunnel total uptime
- Consolidated latency of VPN tunnel setup
- total aggregated bandwidth
- consolidated packet loss rate
- total failure rate of vpn tunnel
- Concerted effort to rebuild the VPN tunnel
- Consolidated CPU and memory usage of the service and/or server
- Overall Error Rate of VPN Tunnel Installation
it requires data
- Use of the Service in the last 28 days. This metric indicates how many times the service was used in the last 28 days. However, it does not record when and for how long the service was used or how large amounts of data were used.
- The number of recent attempts a user has made to establish a VPN session. This ensures that the user does not exceed the maximum number of simultaneous sessions. Because user IDs are encrypted, they cannot be individually identified when examining concurrent sessions.
- Server error log with no request or response data.
If you want to read the whole thing again in detail, you will find View Google One VPN Whitepaper HereIn which everything is explained long and comprehensive. I think Google has done a good job on this point. It should not be forgotten that the product is currently only offered to paying users, so the money is safe. If VPNs were completely free, there would again be a question mark about where data is tapped or advertising is broadcast. So these questions do not arise now. Of course, this may change if one day a VPN is offered outside of Google One as well.
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