ReviewGeek: Google Drive Has Quietly Become One of the Best Backup Options Around. “Google Drive, compared to the attention services like Dropbox and iCloud get, seems to just sit out in the wings hardly looked at. But, much to my surprise, it’s a fantastic service with flexible backup options. About six months ago I started looking for a backup service. Not just any old cloud storage service: one that could store the weekly backups from my massive desktop PC, holding a decade’s worth of photos, documents, videos, and even more exotic, larger files like virtual machines.”
PC Magazine: How to Encrypt a Document Stored on Google Drive. “If you want to keep your files safe from prying eyes, encryption is your best bet—especially if you’re going to store those files in the cloud, where data breaches and other security issues can expose them to the outside world.”
MakeUseOf: 5 Google Drive Tools For Better Docs, Spreadsheets, Slides, and More . “Today, you can do just about anything with Google Drive. Storage and collaborating on documents in the cloud are old-fangled. Think more creatively and you can find a way to do it on Google Drive or tap into the huge habitat of third-party Drive apps that have flourished around it. Here are five such tools if you want to start thinking beyond simple documents, spreadsheets, and slides.”
How-To Geek: [Updated] Google Drive Has a Serious Spam Problem, But Google Says a Fix is Coming. “Google Drive’s sharing system is the problem. Since it doesn’t offer any sharing acceptance, all files and folders shared with your account are automatically available to you in Drive—they just show up. To make matters worse, if you only have ‘View’ permission, you can’t remove yourself from the share. It’s a mess. And to make matters even worse, this is far from a new problem, but Google still hasn’t done anything to fix it.” The article has been updated with a statement from Google saying it’s going to be fixed.
The Next Web: All I want for Christmas: Folders for Google Docs. “This is perhaps the saddest article I’ve written: I’m opening myself up to endless ridicule by admitting how deeply I care about something so incredibly mundane and objectively boring. But I don’t care. I’m a champion of the people, and I’m prepared to sacrifice myself for the greater good. Google, all I want for Christmas are folders for Google Docs.”
Stars and Stripes: Jihadi propagandists’ YouTube use is declining dramatically, experts say. “The use of YouTube as a destination from which to spread jihadi terrorist propaganda online is dramatically declining, according to an intelligence group that tracks online extremism. New analysis of web links, conducted by the Site Intelligence Group, suggests Islamic State and al-Qaida continue to value the file-hosting services of Dropbox, Google Drive, and Google Photos, however, and remain among the top-used services to store battle footage, documentary-style productions, and video speeches.”