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Did you know that spam can also be found in your Google Drive?

Spam is probably one of the dumbest things we still have to deal with. From shady Nigerian Princes to widowers whose husband has left you (yes, you!) a chunk of money – it’s just ridiculous. Most of us are familiar with spam e-mails but we also need to be aware of spam infiltrating our Google Drive!

Thankfully Google Workspace has picked up on this and is ready to protect your Google Drive from Spam.

Google Drive will now contain a special folder named the “spam folder” to store files that you (as the end user) don’t want. You might find spam or abusive content in these files. When you place an unwanted file in the spam folder, you will no longer receive notifications or be able to comment on or share the file. You won’t be able to locate the file anywhere else in GDrive, only in the spam folder.

This functionality is similar to the spam folder in Gmail. GDrive’s automatic filters will detect files that it strongly believes are unwanted and move them to the spam folder. Additionally, you can manually move files in and out of the spam folder from Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Sites, and Forms. If a file remains in the spam folder for more than 30 days, Drive will permanently delete it.

Here’s how this will help you:

Users can now effectively handle potentially harmful content and maintain a focused and secure environment with this new feature. Although Google Workspace has already offered exceptional spam, phishing, and malware protection for Gmail and GDrive, they acknowledged the absence of a spam folder in GDrive for organizing unwanted content. By introducing the spam folder, Google Workspace not only grants users greater control over their files but also ensures the blocking of harmful files without compromising the user experience.

How to kick that spam to the curb!

The new spam folder will be visible on the Drive homepage across different platforms such as Web, Android, iOS, and Drive for Desktop. End users can move a folder to the spam folder by either:

  • Selecting report spam from the context menu
  • Simply drag the file into the spam folder in the left-hand navigation menu.

We should expect to see this new feature appearing from the 24th of May this year, so mark your calendar and keep an eye out for it.

For more handy Google Workspace tips, click here.

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