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Google Drive and YouTube Links to get Security Changes

Public links to an incalculable number of Google Drive and YouTube items will soon stop operating. Google is changing the way it handles link sharing on both platforms in the name of improved security. While current users may opt-out of the change, files and movies left on unused or defunct accounts may disappear forever.

Because shared links are now part of a newer system, Google claims that it improves security. The revised YouTube connections appear to be more challenging to guess or access without being explicitly granted access. The newer links also tie more activity to specific accounts and require visitors to log in, allowing access to be tracked and added to each user’s profile. Any public videos but marked as “Unlisted” on YouTube will be affected by the changes.

Starting on July 23rd, any Unlisted videos uploaded previously to 2017 will have their status changed to Private, as stated in a blog post and a five-minute video. Because of how Private movies work now, any old links or embeds will be removed, and sharing will be limited to a maximum of 50 people, all of whom will require a Google account to access it. People who want to share their old Unlisted movies with public links, embeds, and comments can fill out this form on a per-account basis for the next month.

Reuploading those films and marking them as Unlisted is the only other option. A similar update is coming to Google Drive, as reported on the Workspace Updates blog earlier today. When you click a link to view cloud-stored data, you’ll see a resource key that specifies who has access and doesn’t. If you’ve already accessed a file, you’ll have access to it again, and if you have direct access, you’ll be able to use it again.

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