Cloud Security

Incoming Google Drive update to bolster security, may disrupt link sharing

June 24, 2021
Google announced in a blog post that a security update to Google Drive that has begun to roll out in three phases ending Sept. 13 will make users’ shared documents more secure but could cause some shared links to stop working, according to Bleeping Computer.

“We’re releasing a security update which will apply to some Drive files. This will make Google Drive files more secure by updating their links and may lead to some new file access requests,” Google said. “While we recommend that you apply the update, Google Workspace admins can choose how this update is applied in your organization.”

The update will add a resource key to shared Google Drive URLs, which would require users who have not previously accessed the files within or been given direct access to use the resource key. As Google Drive links created before the update do not have any resource keys, they will no longer work and users who wish to share them will need to create new links containing a resource key.
Jill Aitoro

SC Media Editor in Chief Jill Aitoro has 20 years of experience editing and reporting on technology, business and policy. She also serves as editorial director at SC Media’s parent company, CyberRisk Alliance. Prior to joining CRA, she worked at Sightline Media as editor of Defense News and executive editor of the Business-to-Government Group. She previously worked at Washington Business Journal and Nextgov, covering federal technology, contracting and policy, as well as CMP Media’s VARBusiness and CRN and Penton Media’s iSeries News.

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