3 thoughts on “How to Share Large Files With Google Drive

  1. Barb

    That’s a great feature. I was wondering about the security of using Google Drive and found some interesting information from a May 1 2016 article entitled “Is Google Drive Safe to Use? How Google Secures Your Files Online” from http://www.TipTopSecurity.com and other similar online articles:
    If you value a high level of privacy, Google Drive probably won’t be for you. Google admits to actively scanning and analyzing everything you upload. They do this to “provide you personally relevant product features, such as customized search results, tailored advertising, and spam and malware detection.” Mainly, they’re interested in monetizing you with advertising. That’s what their business model is based on.
    Google also retains “a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works […], communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute” your stuff. This license to use your data specifically persists even after you stop using their services.
    Arguably of more important note, this license to use your data also applies to, in Google’s words, “those we work with”. This means third parties, which might include governments, social networking sites, and anyone else Google has relationships with. They don’t specify any further what entities this applies to.

    Bottom line, if it’s in Google drive, then it’s not private. How you feel about that is completely personal. I don’t believe that Google is going to use your data for nefarious or questionable purposes, but the fact remains that they can. That’s worth considering, especially if you have sensitive information you’d like to store.

    Their practices may have changed since 2016 but I doubt it.

  2. Lorraine

    Oh, wow! The option of sharing files on Google Drive looked good to me–until I read Bob’s comment. I agree the data may be safe with Google, but certainly not private. The potential for use by others is certainly a deterrent for me. Thanks for the info, Bob!

    1. infoave Post author

      Sharing files with Google is more safe than sending files by email. Unless you encrypt your email, email is the least private way you can share antything. You control who gets the link, not Google. You control the data. Being paranoid does not make your safe. If you want total privacy, you should not use Google, Facebook, or even the Internet. When you use the Internet, your ISP logs every single thing you do. And you shouldn’t share files with personal information anyway (name, address, social security number). It really bothers me when people say this company or that company doesn’t protect your privacy when in fact, the Internet doesn’t protect your privacy – YOU protect your privacy.


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