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Google Drive fortifies its security protocols

Ramiro Guzman
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Google Drive fortifies its security protocols – Marketings – WebMediums
Google Drive started stomping in 2022 in terms of cybersecurity

Google Drive kicked off 2022 by announcing changes to its policies that greatly benefit cybersecurity. Given the proliferation of malware or phishing programs, it seems like a more than useful measure.

The technology industry giant is not going to sit idly by, starting to support its main storage service. In this way, it will be a strong obstacle for hacking.

New security protocol implemented by Google Drive

Drive is the tool designated by Google to protect content of all kinds in the computing cloud. People with an account within the company are able to link large amounts of important files as such.

From personal information such as contacts, photos or work files, to back up copies of some kind.

Of course, it is a huge database that, if it does not have the appropriate protection mechanisms, can suffer alarming leaks.

It is for this reason that Google Drive announced an improvement in its privacy and cybersecurity policies.

From this moment on, the service will notify the Internet user about potentially dangerous files or files, prior to their absolute download.

Google Drive fortifies its security protocols – Marketings – WebMediums
The implementation of this system will open the way to a better supported use of the computing cloud

In order to prevent the massive entry of malware, viruses, phishing, among other harmful cybernetic aspects, this measure has been proposed. There is no doubt that it is a methodology that will further strengthen the privacy of people in the cloud.

Background that led to such decision

Google Drive started the year 2022 consuming open secrets that were seen coming from last year. Although it has always filtered and discarded files that violate its rules, it is now much more severe than before.

It supplemented that policy change with the malware detection and notification system and other malicious protocols. In case you didn't know, Google was one of the companies that suffered the most damage between 2020 and 2021 due to hacking.

The emergence of sophisticated malware has caused the security processes of the Google Play Store to be circumvented. In essence, they pretended to be applications or other files to download and, to the surprise of the user, ended up being a cyber virus of a serious nature.

Yet another common practice seen in that time period was hackers stalking Google Drive. Using fake accounts, they shared phishing links to get top-notch personal information.

With the help of its new security banner, the activity will be regulated and better monitored. When trying to open or download any kind of file, regardless of its signature or origin, it will warn of the existence of a malicious file.

In conclusion, it will be a measure that not only safeguards the integrity of mobile devices, but also the identity of the consumer. In other words, encryption and data protection will be unrelated to malicious external or remote services.

How is the alert launched by Google Drive?

The security warning will be activated under the conditions described: only in the presence of malicious files or content. If you try to open any of them, the platform will launch a yellow warning right at the top of your screen.

Google Drive fortifies its security protocols – Marketings – WebMediums
The notification will highlight in yellow and will indicate the steps to follow when an unwanted encounter occurs

On the other hand, it was found that it will also suggest the user to revoke permissions to certain dangerous download programs. The reason is that, most likely, personal cloud content is being leaked.

It is a versatile tool that, as already mentioned, locates malware, phishing, and even ransomware. It means that, in terms of cybersecurity, Google Drive will return to the top places without a doubt.

At the moment, no deepening was done regarding the extension of this protocol. Drive will be the main target to shield, but other Google programs are expected to join the initiative. Basically, all the tech giant's office automation will become a fortress against piracy.

It is good to know some terms

To clarify the picture and understand the seriousness of the matter, some important terms will be defined. In this way, the community will be even more alert regarding what is happening in the Internet sphere:

  1. Malware: is a word composed of "software" and "malicious" so, translated into Spanish, it means malicious software. To date, there are many types of them, but they all have in common remote access to vital user information such as bank details.

  2. Pishing: they are techniques that are based on deception plus actions that are camouflaged with false functions. In particular, they take on the identity of people, companies or services to engage in everyday life. Then, they proceed to steal banking information and even more.

  3. Ransomware: It is one of the most harmful and dangerous programs used in the cyberattack. They literally "hijack" or sectorize access to certain key points in the device's operating system. In exchange, they request rewards to be able to cease their function.

Although it is clear that a whole glossary can be mentioned, they are the definitions to familiarize for the moment. As a conclusion, not everything should be left to the Google Drive banner. It is also advisable to overlap this milestone by installing a reliable antivirus.