Google is bringing its Virtual Private Network (VPN) access to the Mac (and Windows) today. Google One subscribers on Premium plans (2TB or higher) can now download the VPN app for macOS, allowing users in 22 countries to mask their IPs on the desktop and reduce online trackers.
Google One 2 TB plans cost $9.99/mo. or $99.99/year.
While Google is expanding its VPN service, it still comes with the same restrictions as Android and iOS. You’ll only be able to use the service in one of the supported countries, and you won’t be able to use Google’s VPN freely to avoid geo-restrictions on live sports or other streaming video.
Much like Apple’s iCloud Plus VPN service, the Google One VPN won’t let you assign an IP address from a different country manually. Instead, Google assigns you an IP in the region you’re connecting from. Outside of security and privacy benefits, pretending you’re in another country to defeat irritating content blocks is one of the most popular use cases for VPNs, so it’s disappointing Google still doesn’t support this.
MacDailyNews Take: We’ll pass.
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