If you are using cloud storage solutions such as Google Drive you know that you have control over the visibility of your data in the cloud.
You can set it to private so that only you can access it, but also invite others to have access, and even allow public access to the files instead.
While most of you are probably taking good care of that to make sure that only files that you want to share with others are shared, this is not always the case.
One reason for that is that it is relatively easy to share files with the public or a circle on Google Drive, especially if you use the application and web service at the same time.
It pays to check the visible files from time to time to make sure that you are okay with it. If you discover files that you do not want to share, you not only need to change the viability of those files but also find out why they have been shared this way in the first place to avoid that you make the same mistake again.
Thankfully, it is easy to get a list of files that are publicly visible on Google Drive. Here is what you need to do.
To change the visibility of a file do the following:
Once you are done going through the public file listing, you may want to go back to remove the public on the web filter and replace it with "anyone with the link".
This lists another batch of files that have either been shared by you or by others with you. Use the same methodology to go through them to make sure you only find files shared by you that you want to share this way.Advertisement
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