For millions, Google Drive is an essential part of their daily work routine. It’s convenient, fast, free, and you have all the tools you need in one place. But is there another price you might be paying? How secure is Google Drive and how does it affect your privacy?
Google Drive is an online file synchronization and storage service. It allows users to upload their files to Google servers, store them online and share with others. Its online nature makes encryption in transit and at rest crucial.
Google Drive uses stronger 256-bit encryption for files in transit and 128-bit for stored files. This is because your data is more vulnerable while uploading, downloading and accessing it online. Both types of encryption are strong, and hackers will find it difficult to access any intercepted files. Moreover, Google also adds an additional layer of encryption by encrypting its keys, which makes it even more challenging to penetrate.
While Google Drive security looks good on paper, there are a few issues to consider:
Google Drive is fairly secure, but not private at all. The tech giant accumulates massive amounts of information and can pass it to third-parties or use it for ad targeting purposes.
Your Google Drive documents are no exception to this rule. Google employees can access them without your knowledge. We recommend using the methods described below, especially if you're storing really sensitive data.
One great way to keep Google Drive secure and private is by encrypting files independently. We recommend using NordLocker to encrypt and safeguard your files with top-notch cryptography. Neither Google employees nor hackers will be able to access your encrypted data as only you will have the decryption keys.
Apart from locking your files, you should also consider the following security options:
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