Enhancing spam protection in Google Drive

News | 12.05.2023

There will now be a dedicated spam folder within Google Drive to host unwanted files that are shared with you containing spam or abusive content.

Google Drive Spam View

When an unsolicited file is moved to the spam folder, you will be unsubscribed, preventing all comments, sharing, and mobile push notifications for the file. Once unsubscribed, you will not be able to find the file anywhere in Drive outside of your spam folder.

Similar to how the spam folder works in Gmail, automatic classifiers will redirect files that Drive strongly suspects to be unwanted to the spam folder. You will also be able to manually move Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Sites, and Forms files in and out of the spam folder. After a file has resided within the spam folder for over 30 days, it will be permanently removed from Drive.

Mark or unmark spam in Drive

You can report shared files as spam in Drive. Files you report as spam:

  • No longer generate notifications for comments
  • Aren’t discoverable within Drive Search or suggested files
  • Are reviewed by Google for policy violations

Important: You can’t report files that you or members of your organization own.

This feature improves the security of Google Drive by giving users a new way to suppress potentially malicious content to stay safe and distraction-free. Google offered best-in-class Gmail and Drive spam, phishing, and malware prevention for years, but Drive has lacked a spam folder, similar to the Gmail spam folder, to place unwanted content. By introducing a spam view, Google is simultaneously giving users more control over their content while blocking harmful files without risking impact on users.

You will see the new spam folder on the Drive homepage on Web, Android, iOS, and Drive for Desktop. To move a folder to Spam, you can select “report spam” from the context menu or drag the file into the spam folder in the left-hand navigation menu.

This feature is available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as legacy G Suite Basic and Business customers. Available to users with personal Google Accounts

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