Many old Google Drive links may become inaccessible by mid-September: The tech giant has announced that it’s rolling out an update that might make sharing Drive files safer. After the update on September 13th, Drive will add a resource key to links generated for sharing. So what does that mean for old links already distributed within the workplace or online? Well, those who’ve viewed the link before the changes happen can continue accessing it. However, those that haven’t will need the resource key to access the file.
Workspace admins will have until July 23rd to decide how the safety update will be applied to their organization. They will prefer to apply it with limitations or to cop out altogether. Meanwhile, personal users will get a notification about the change starting on July 26th and can have until September 13th to decide. They will also choose not to apply the update, but Google makes it clear in its notice that the choice isn’t recommended. the corporate suggests not applying the update only to files posted publicly.
In addition, Google will roll out changes for YouTube that would break a bunch of older links. YouTube features a security measure that creates links to unlisted videos hard to seek out for people they weren’t shared with, but it didn’t begin until 2017. Starting on July 23rd, all unlisted videos uploaded before 2017 will be made private unless users cop out.