Information Technology Services

Google Security Update (Summer 2021)

Google is applying a security update in Google Drive to make sharing links more secure. This update will change links (URLs) used for some Drive files shared in 2017 and prior. Individuals may be impacted when trying to view these files on websites (public or internal), or posted elsewhere.

Starting July 26, 2021, Google will send direct email notifications only to Brandeis Google users who own or manage files impacted by this security update. The email will provide instructions on steps to take and will include a link to view a list of impacted files you own or manage in Google Drive (My Drive/Shared Drive).

Email from Google regarding security update


Although the update is being applied directly by Google, ITS Security Office has the following recommendation. It is best not to apply the update in the following situations:

  • You have link(s) to files that are publicly accessible — i.e., links on public website
  • You have link(s) within LATTE (Moodle) courses that you use from semester-to-semester; this may impact access for new students.




For detailed information about the change, visit the Google Support Center. If you would like assistance, contact the Help Desk at or 781-736-4357.