Google Drive has become a popular way for people to share files and collaborate on projects. However, with the increase in the number of shared files, users are experiencing an increase in spam files shared with them. Recently, Google announced that it is rolling out a spam folder for Google Drive. When users move an unsolicited file into the spam folder, they won’t receive any further notifications regarding the file, and it won’t show up anywhere other than the spam folder. Google will also attempt to determine if a file is unwanted and automatically move it to the spam folder. After a file has sat in Google Drive’s spam folder for over 30 days, it will be permanently deleted.
The problem of Google Drive shared file spam may not be as big as that of email spam or instant-messaging spam, but it’s good to see Google wake up to the problem and develop solutions to help users not be overwhelmed by unwanted communications. Other users have reported having files shared with them which contain ads, pornographic content, dating scams, and malware. The problem can be a nuisance for users and can also be exploited by abusive ex-partners.
A recent article by Ars Technica describes well the nuisance of an unsolicited file share on Google Drive. Drive shows any shared files in your shared documents folder, notifies you of the share on your phone, highlights the “new recent file” at the top of the Drive interface, lists the file in searches, and sends you an email about it, all without any indication that you know the file sharer at all.
Overall, the addition of a spam folder will be a welcome addition to Google Drive. Users can be assured that unsolicited files will be dealt with promptly, and the spam folder will help users to stay on top of important files and not be overwhelmed by spam.
In conclusion, Google Drive is taking a step in the right direction by introducing a spam folder. This addition will help users to manage their files more efficiently and stay on top of their important files. The problem of shared file spam may not be as significant as email or instant messaging spam, but it is still a nuisance that needs to be addressed. Google’s move to address this issue is a welcome addition, and it is hoped that other companies will follow suit.