Learn how we help keep Google Drive secure

If you use Google Drive for work or school, Google will automatically evaluate any files that are shared with you from outside of your organization for phishing or malware. If detected, Google will block your access to the file in order to protect you. When Google identifies a file as likely spam, it’s either blocked or redirected to spam view. Learn how to mark or unmark spam in Drive.

If Google identifies a Drive user who violates the Acceptable Use Policy, Google reserves the right to immediately suspend the user. Google uses reCAPTCHA to help protect against fraudulent and abusive activity within Google Drive. If the problem is throughout your organization, Google reserves the right to suspend the entire account and deny administrator access to all the Google Workspace services. In such cases, Google will send a notification to the registered secondary email address of the primary administrator.


  • When Google Drive scans your files for phishing or malware, you might get a message that the scan failed. If you get this message, use caution when you open the file.
  • There's a 100MB scanning limit and some file types can't be scanned.

When you upload files to Google Drive, they are stored in secure data centers.

  • If your computer, phone, or tablet is lost or broken, you can still access your files from other devices.
  • Your files are private unless you share them.

To help ensure your Google Drive files are private:

Make your Google Account more secure
  • If you share a phone or tablet, sign out of your Google Account when you're done.
  • We suggest you don't install Google Drive on a shared or public phone or tablet. Anyone who uses the phone or tablet could access your files.
  • Learn more about Google Account security.
Control what other people see

Your files are private unless you choose to share them. You can share files with:

Learn more about staying safe online.

Note: You cannot set a passcode for the Google Drive app, but you can set one for your device.

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