Google Drive has a flattering bad spam problem, and it seems Google doesn’t care. Spammers can share files that automatically seem in your Drive, and there’s no approach to stop it.
Update 1/4/19 10:10 AM CTS: Google got behind to us with a matter observant that changes are entrance to Drive’s pity facilities and they’re “making it a priority.” Here’s a matter in full:
“For a immeasurable infancy of users, a default pity permissions in Drive work as intended. Unfortunately, this was not a box for this user and we unequivocally apologize for her experience. In light of this issue, we are evaluating changes to a spam, abuse, and restraint facilities that will forestall this kind of activity from holding place on Drive. In a interim, users who are experiencing identical issues can mislay themselves from a folder, and a folder should not reappear in possibly “My Drive” or “Shared with Me” unless they revisit it.” — Google Spokesperson
Here’s What’s Happening
Google Drive’s pity complement is a problem. Since it doesn’t offer any pity acceptance, all files and folders common with your comment are automatically accessible to we in Drive—they usually uncover up. To make matters worse, if we usually have “View” permission, we can’t mislay yourself from a share. It’s a mess. And to make matters even worse, this is far from a new problem, though Google still hasn’t finished anything to repair it.
Here’s a scenario: a spammer (or anyone else) shares a record or folder with you. This record or folder immediately shows adult in a “Quick Access” area of your Drive, as good as in a “Shared with you” section. You can’t stop this from happening—you don’t have to accept a share; it shows adult possibly we wish it or not. The good news is that a files aren’t automatically combined to your Drive, and are so not downloaded or synced automatically to your devices.
Now, we can right-click on a object and select “Remove” to forestall it from display adult in a “Shared with me” section, though it will continue to uncover adult in a Quick Access area and hunt results. If we incidentally open a record or folder, it will be combined behind into your Drive on a web.
Why Is This an Issue?
There are a few scenarios in that this is a flattering large issue. The first, as mentioned earlier, is for spam. Users can (and will) get bombarded with crap they don’t want—all a time.
The second emanate might be even some-more common: when we don’t wish to be partial of a common file/folder any longer. Since there’s no approach to mislay yourself from a share, you’re stranded with it. This can be generally discouraging if a common record or folder is from an ex with whom we no longer have or wish contact.
Four weeks ago we detected we am still common on a Google Drive folder of photos my violent ex controls and is actively putting photos into.
At a same time we schooled there is **no approach to mislay your possess entrance from a folder we have been given view-only entrance to**.
— jlord i 🇩🇰 igen (@jllord) December 27, 2018
To make matters even worse, Google Drive doesn’t offer a retard feature. Even if we retard someone in Gmail, it doesn’t retard them in Drive. That seems to be a common thing with Google services—just since we retard someone in one use doesn’t meant they’re blocked in any of a others (but maybe infrequently they are?). It’s a mess.
All that said, Google Drive does offer spam reporting—but when we tested a feature, it destined to a 404 page half a time. When it did work, a request still wasn’t private or blocked from Drive. Not a good demeanour for Google on possibly count.
Google Could Easily Fix a Problem
The many frustrating partial of this emanate is that a resolution is so simple: Google needs to supplement an acceptance underline and a dismissal underline that works. With Dropbox, when someone shares a record with you, we have to accept a share before it shows adult in your Dropbox. If we never accept a file, theory what? It never shows adult in your Dropbox folder.
Also in Dropbox, a user is giveaway to mislay themselves from a common record or folder even if they’re set to “can view” status. That’s a outrageous advantage over Drive and something Google should take from Dropbox.
So, What Can You Do Right Now?
That’s a ruin of it: there’s zero we can do. You can’t stop people from pity files or folders with you, and we can’t mislay yourself from shares once they come in (again, this usually relates if a record is set to “view only”).
You can right-click on a record and select “Remove” to censor it from your “Shared with me” list, though as we mentioned earlier, a record or folder will still uncover adult in your hunt formula and Quick Access area. It’s improved than nothing, though not by much.
How to Check Share Privileges
So, how do we know what privileges we have for a specific share? First, right-click on a record in Google Drive and afterwards select “View Details.”
If we see your form design alongside whoever common it, afterwards we have editor privileges, and we can mislay yourself from that share. If we usually see their form picture, afterwards we can usually perspective a share, and you’re stranded with it.
How to Mark a File as Spam
You can also try imprinting common files as spam, though a use is very limited—it usually works with Google Docs files (Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc.). Any other kind of record is off limits.
Do this, open a request in question, and afterwards click on Help. From there, select “Report abuse/copyright.”
On a subsequent page, select “Spam” as a defilement you’re reporting. Click on “Submit Report,” and that’s that. The record will still be in your Drive, and it’s misleading what Google does with this information. we reported one file, and it was still in my Drive 4 days later, so do with that what we will.
Otherwise, you’re usually out of luck, during slightest for a time being.