Google Drive can now stop others from taking your files!


Google Drive has received an update today that allows all users to further control their shared documents. The cloud service now lets you disable downloading, printing, and copying of files.


How to apply the new Google Drive functionalities ?Advanced Sharing- Drive

The new functionality can be accessed from the advanced sharing menu (see image above) – open the sharing window from any Google Drive file (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Form) and click on Advanced in the lower right hand corner. Files for which this feature has been enabled will show an “Export option disabled” notification in the File and Edit menus (see image below).

Advanced Sharing - Drive 2

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This methodology requires the most effort to implement but it results in the most optimised recurring cost and will provide the best scalability for apps. This involves re-adapting the code of applications and the heavy use of SAAS solutions in order to replace existing hosted applications.


This method utilizes the power of  PAAS services, like transferring a database to an as-a-service model,  the use of containers for some apps or the use of network/security functions as a service. Greater scalability and lower cost of operation is achieved.

Re-Host (Lift & Shift)

the migration of workloads from  to the cloud without changing the architecture. Machines get to keep their  OS and apps. This is the quickest and easy way to migrate, but since its  utilising IAAS, its is also the most expensive on the long term.