Explained! - is Google Drive secure? how secure is google drive?

Is Google Drive secure? how secure is google drive - Explained!!!


Google is a huge brand in the tech world. But still, some questions arise when we talk about security & privacy. Is Google Drive secure? Is Google Drive Safe? Should we keep sensitive data? What is its privacy policy of Google Drive? Is my google drive secure? So, today I'll share my opinion about Google drive.

The main element is related to privacy and security. Since that is not been discussed much anywhere, so I am going to do a detailed analysis. And you will understand how it works and how you should use this service.


Is Google Drive Secure?

Is Google Drive Secure? Yes! Google Drive has good security features. Google is a big MNC, so it doesn't leave out any loopholes. There are many good security measures been taken by them. So, that it doesn't get hacked from somewhere else. 

Security in terms of hacking. For hacking, all sorts of standard encryptions and protocols are used. There is 2-factor authentication. So, there is no problem associated with it.

Security doesn't mean your data is private. But, it is related to hacking We will see more about Data in Privacy Policy. The next point is related to Zero-Knowledge Encryption.


Zero-Knowledge Encryption

Zero-Knowledge Encryption in an easier language is data that cannot be read by any person other than you. No employee or a Government can view that data, even if they have server access.

So, this is not available in Google Drive. If you want this, then you will have to do Client-side encryption. So. this will be an extra overhead for you.


Licenses & rights of Google

So, Google Drive has secure data or not? Who all can use data? What types of access can be made? To understand this, we have 3 documents from Google.

The first one is "Terms of Service", then next is "Google Drive's Terms of Service". So, there are two pages for Terms of Service. The third we have is "Privacy Policy" So, based on these 3 documents, we will decode it.

What type of License they have?

First, let us understand, what type of license they will have? In "Permission to use your content", Whatever you will upload on the drive, you will find the license of it.

1. Let's understand, what they are trying to interpret 'If you choose to upload or share content, please make sure that you have the necessary rights to do so and the content is lawful'. This means that: Your content should be original and you cannot upload any copyrighted content. As soon as you will upload it, you will get the license. 

2. In point of 'Scope', royalty-free means they won't provide any fees for the license, and it would be non-exclusive, which means you can sell your content. Worldwide, which means that this license would be valid all over the world.

3. In 'Rights, what type of license, they are talking about: Host, Reproduce, Distribute, Communicate & Use your content. They have discussed everything, as they can keep it on different datacenters and reproduce it.

If you have uploaded a file, they can cut, edit, and change its format and use that to distribute it. They can upload it to different data centers.

'communicate and use your content' means they have all sorts of rights. 'Publish publicly perform or publicly display your content' if you have made it visible to others.

So in easier words, Google Drive has all rights to modify and distribute your content You are giving them rights if you are uploading your content.

They would require such rights. because, if I upload a video on Google Drive. It automatically gets converted in different versions like 240p, 480P, 720P, or 1080p And this is possible. Because they have a license for it.

So you are getting convenience through this license. If they don't have the license, then they won't be able to provide you with such features.


Can Google Drive read your documents?

Can they access the documents you upload? What I understand through the Terms and Conditions is, 'they won't access it except as described in the privacy policy'.

From figuring out basic services and to run ads. They collect each and every piece of information. To run ads & provide the best experience to the user.

So, they can scan and read documents. But, it's not like that, Some employee is having access to read your information. Google is very strict in this case. Their data centers are very secure. There are proper restrictions.

It is not like, an employee is going to read your data. It's very secure, as no one can read your document.

But, the data is not read by humans. It is read by BOTS. Google BOTS and machines have access to it and can read your data. 

For example, if you will do a search query in Google Docs. Don't write the file name, enter the content of the file. It will read the content of the file only when it can scan and read the full document. This means Google can scan the Documents Google employees can't do it. But the BOTS can access it.


Copyrighted content

Now, since they can scan it if you are uploading any copyrighted content. Then most probably, it will be removed. You can try to upload any track, it would be removed today or tomorrow, without you knowing it. It will not be done by the employee, but the BOTS can do it.

As per my personal experience, they can. Because as I had uploaded the Crack Apk on Google Drive. Within a minute, they reported this Apk file as abuse & they removed this Apk file after 1 hour.


Providing your information to Advertisers?

Do they provide information to the advertisers? They provide personal information to their affiliates and their other trusted businesses. Whatever information they have, they sell it to their advertisers, that's how they work.

But according to their T&C mentioned in the drive, They do not send such information or documents to advertisers which is private. 

They only share such information that is available publicly, whose link is shared. So, if I have shared a link with the public, then according to this policy they can sell the information to advertisers.

Now, I don't know that they share it or not. But this policy gives them the right. So, this was the google drive privacy policy and terms and conditions.


Conclusion on "is Google Drive secure"...

The combination of privacy and a combination of google is not good. If you are searching for cloud storage for privacy. 

Because of this reason, Google cloud storage is obviously not recommended. There are many such cloud storage whose privacy policy is better and can provide you better security.

So, We should not use Google Drive? This would be wrong to say. I am personally using Google Docs a lot, their sheets, and the whole office system. I do not have any problems.

Suppose, I have written an article, and I have to publish it in my blog, Google has to read that article. So, it doesn't matter Google BOT is reading it, or it is reading the keyword research in the articles.

That's why I use Google Docs. You also use Google Drive and understand how their data works Understand how much data is safe or unsafe. 

I use Google Storage personally for my Documents, Sheets. But, I do not use Google Storage for all my personal files, assets, sheets, and projects.



FAQ:

Is Google drive secure for business?

Yes. Google drive is secure for business purposes. But I'll not suggest you, use Google Drive for Business purposes. Go for a more secure option.

Is Google drive secure for lawyers?

Yes. Google drive is secure. But some sensitive information can get reveal if you forgot to keep it private.

Is Google drive safe for pictures?

You can secure your picture in google drive. But, don't store any picture that is too sensitive like your bank details & important data.

Is it safe to store tax documents on Google drive?

Yes. Google drive is secure. But don't take any risk and I'll not suggest you store any sensitive data.

Is Google drive encrypted?

Big Yes! Google drive is encrypted. Google drive uses 128-bit encryption SSL/TLS to protect your content.

Is my google drive secure?

Google Drive is insecure if you do not follow safety majors which are given by Google and I have explained each and every in the article.



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Sanket Bhosale
hello, I am Sanket S. bhosale Software Engg. by profession and Blogger by passion. Currently working in Top MNC in India. I like to write articles on Technology. My interest is in IT & its applications, SEO, Digital marketing. I had started my blogging career in June 2020. Right Now have my 2 websites. Do follow me on social media.

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