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Google Docs Locking Users Out Of Files

Do you use Googles Docs, Boxx or a similar data sharing platform?  Within the past couple weeks, reports have been flooding in on social media.  Users are complaining that their Google docs files are getting locked due to a violation of the Google Terms of Services.  An error message pops up saying “this item has been flagged as inappropriate and can no longer be shared.”  You can either request a review from Google or dismiss the error.

Unfortunately, it appears that this is a bug instead of an actual violation.  Take a look at the Google Docs Twitter account.  It seems they are aware of the situation and looking into it…

Seeing things like this is a great reminder that although these types of services are typically safe, they are not 100% protected from bugs, human error, and ransomware.  The only way to really guarantee your data is safe is to make sure you have a third party solution in place to protect your data.

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