Yesterday I was impressed when my physical therapist asked, “Do you have a smartphone in your bag?” These words were followed by, “Can I use the camera to take a video of you?” The physical therapist recorded me working through my newest exercise guided by her step by step verbal directions. What a helpful idea it was to use a video for guiding this old brain with remembering each step. Sometimes the most simple technology application is the most supportive one to use.
“Is my Google Drive Private?” The very first file added to drive is the most secure until the sharing starts. What users may need to learn is maintaining the files’ privacy is totally up to them. The first place to start is by familiarizing oneself with the most basic of share settings. Please see my last post for refreshing your knowledge of basic share settings. The best way to secure your Google Drive files and folders is by combining the basics with the following advanced share settings.
Some of the features provided by the advanced settings are the ability to stop other users from re-sharing and printing a file. Another tool offered in Google Drive is the control to set time limits on sharing both folders and files. What does this all mean? Using advanced share tools help prevent sensitive material from being shared with the public. Please see my post: “CONTROL YOUR GOOGLE DRIVE FILES PRIVACY SHARE SETTINGS…” to learn how to use the advanced share setting features.
Think of the My Drive Section of Google Drive as your private area where you are in absolute control of the sharing. The Shared with Me area of Google Drive is a working area where files are shared by another user. Shared with Me portion of Google Drive is not considered as a portion of your storage area. It is a place where you may access and use files and folders shared with you. Generally, I recommend ignoring this area of the drive. Do note it is possible to remove files and folders from this section as well. The bottom line it is up to the user to maintain and keep Google Drive secure and private.
Due to my volunteer work as a Product Expert in the Google Help communities, I notice many users are confused about the levels of share settings. Today I’m going to focus on the “Share Settings” found in Google Drive and its Docs Editors (Docs, Slides, Sheets, Forms, and Drawings). Following is a list of the share setting terms and how they may help the user maintain privacy.
- Private – Only you can access
- Nobody but you may view, edit, copy or share.
- Specific People – Ability to share a file or folder with another user.
- You choose who and add the user to the file or folder.
- On: Anyone with Link – Any user with the web link may access.
- It is a public link that allows any user to see or share the file or folder.
- The weblink prevents web spiders from finding the link in search results.
- Embedding the link on a website or social media posts may make it searchable via a search engine.
- Public on the Web – The file or folder may be accessed anywhere on the web.
- The file or folder’s web link is easily categorized by the search engines.
A G Suite account offers an extra layer of sharing.
The extra share settings are as follows:
- On Domain Name – Any domain user who has the web link may access the file.
- Anyone at Domain Name with the link – All users of a domain may use a Google Drive filter search to find and access the file or folder.
The above listing provides a basic selection of share settings Google Accounts offer. Below I have provided an image tutorial you may print or use as part of an instruction tutorial. Keep an eye open for my next post where I will discuss more advanced share setting offered by Google Drive and its Docs Editors.
In 2019 my posts dwindled due to many life distractions. However, it is my goal in 2020 to start posting on a more regular basis. In 2020 you will notice a slight change of focus with each new post. The blog will continue sharing technology tips, tricks, tutorials, and ideas. What will change is my focus on using educational technology. In 2020 I will share how technology may enhance more than the academic arena.
Technology is a tool that has enhanced many aspects of my life. My innovative journey started thanks to my daughter. She opened my eyes to the importance of bringing a computer into our lives. It led to my searching for best practices for using technology to enhance her academics. During this time I also started using technology to create digital designs. I don’t think it was a surprise that I’d quickly adapt to using technology in creative ways.
Beyond using technology for my creative pathways as an artist it has also supported my physical exceptionalities. Due to my chronic spine issues, I have discovered independence thanks to technology, and am looking forward to the new journey ahead of me. The intent of my blog is to share new technology adventures along with tips, and tricks for supporting a variety of lifestyles.
Today two-step verification saved the day! 2-step verification is now my number one superhero. I was happy upon receiving a notification about one of my social media accounts. The hacker only got as far as the password. I immediately changed my password upon receiving the alert. Maintaining safety and privacy is a collaborative effort between the individual user and online businesses. So please think about safety first and consider setting up at least 2-step verification for your online accounts.