Google is preparing a new security update for its cloud storage service that will make it harder to access old Google Drive links.
In a post on the Google Workspace blog, the search giant explained that the update is being applied to certain files in Google Drive in an attempt to secure sharing links.
The update itself will add a resource key to the share links for older files in Drive and those who don’t have that key will need to request it to access those files. However, if a user has already viewed any of the affected files or has direct access, they will not need the resource key to access them.
As a result, users will likely be greeted with a slew of new file access requests when the update is applied in mid-September.
As Google prepares to roll out its new security update to Drive, admins will receive an update in the Alert Center that will notify them of the changes. From there, they will have until July 23 to choose how the security update will be applied to their organization.
Unless an admin chooses to remove their organization from the security update, end users who own or manage an affected file will receive an email notification starting July 26. They will then have until September 13 to decide how the update is applied to their files. . This deadline also applies to holders of personal Google Accounts that are not part of a Google Workspace domain.
In addition to changing the way links are shared in Drive, Google has also announced that it will make unlisted YouTube links private for videos uploaded before 2017 starting July 23. Creators will also have the option to turn off this security update and keep their videos. in their current state. It should be noted that once an unlisted video is made private, those who previously had a link will no longer be able to view it.
While somewhat inconvenient, Google’s changes to the way links are shared in Drive and YouTube are designed to help secure users and their content online.