Google Drive gets an important security feature on the iPhone, forgets Android exists

Google Drive gets an important security feature on the iPhone, forgets Android exists

If you who are an Apple device user uses the Google Drive app to share files, a cool security feature, landed on your iOS. If you are an Android user, the Google Drive app to share files, but you’re lucky.

The new function is called the point of view of protection, and it adds an extra layer of protection for the Google Drive app. Instead of immediately logging in as before, you can decide, you need to verify your identity by Face ID or Touch ID, depending on the device you are using. When enabled, the Google Drive will not open without authentication, so that when someone is borrows your phone, you will be able to access what is in your drive without your permission.

After the Update the app to version 4.2020.18204, you will find the setting under Privacy Screen in settings in the left menu bar. Simply flip the switch and you choose the time delay, if the authentication continues after closing the app (immediately, 10 seconds, one minute or 10 minutes) and the next time you launch the Google Drive app, a Face ID or Touch ID screen will pop-up before you log in.

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The Google Drive app on iOS has a new privacy-Screen-function, lock the app behind it is an additional layer of biometric authentication.

It is unclear what are the requirements for the feature, but an iPhone 6s run iOS-13.5 Public Beta was able to see the privacy Screen option in the sidebar, while a iPhone 11 updated to iOS 13.4.1 was.

now, a Privacy screen is an all-or-nothing feature, so you can only move the whole app to lock, instead of individual files or folders. Also since Apple is not locking the files-app with biometric authentication, people will still be able to access your Google Drive files, if you have allowed access. Google also warns that the notifications can also be visible.

Nevertheless, there is an important additional layer of protection during a time when more people are sharing files on cloud drives. Unfortunately, if you are an Android user, you’re out of luck. Although the Pixel is made by Google—the same company know the power of Google Drive it is to use no option to save Face unlock, the app. There is also a privacy screen-setting for the Google app, which is available only to users who pay for the extra storage space in Google Drive. And there is no indication that the privacy screen will always come to Android.

as the saying goes, if you want the best protection for your Google Drive app, you can switch to the iPhone.

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Released on Tue, 05 may 2020 14:15:00 +0000

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