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.”
MakeUseOf: 3 Useful Tools to Improve Google Drive’s Security and Privacy . “Google dominates many aspects of our digital lives: emails, internet search, navigation, cloud storage, and so much more. That domination demands trust. Can you trust Google with your documents, pictures, and memories? How do they keep your private files secure when you pass the baton of trust and upload your files to Google Drive? Well, Google encrypts your files when your data is resting (as well as in transit too). Is Google Drive’s integrated encryption enough to keep your private files safe from harm? Let’s find out.”
Lifehacker: How to Use Google Drive’s New ‘View History’ Feature. “If you use Google Docs (or Sheets, or Slides) you may have noticed a recent pop-up letting you know that ‘Editors can now see you view history.’ Without any context, the message is a little confusing—even disconcerting if you’re the paranoid type—but there’s nothing to be worried about. Here’s what you need to know about the latest feature coming to Google Drive.”
Amit Agarwal, who is just on a roll this week: How to Keep your Folders on FTP Server and Google Drive in Sync. “The only issue with using a desktop application is that it needs to be run manually on your computer. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could set up a task that continuously monitors your Google Drive (or Dropbox or OneDrive) for new files and automatically copies them to a specified FTP server?”
Joyce Valenza: Google Docs and Drive Add-ons for CC0 images. “If you use Google Docs and Slides to create and communicate, you may be interested in how easy it now is to incorporate free, copyright-friendly images into your projects without having to leave your document to search for them. I was surprised to discover my very favorite image portals were available in the form of add-ons.” Quick roundup but so useful if you do a lot of writing in Google Docs / Google Drive!
FINALLY. Google Apps updates: Search within a folder in Google Drive. “You can now search for content in a specific folder in Google Drive. Select the drop-down in the search bar and choose the folder you want from the Location menu, or right-click on a folder and search within that folder. Only folders that are within your My Drive or within Team Drives can be searched; if you have a folder that is shared with you, first add the folder to your My Drive.”