Access your Drive files with Google File Stream

With Google Drive File Stream, you can access all all of your Google My Drive and Team Drive files directly from your computer without having to open a browser. You can also select files to make available for offline use for when you don’t have an internet connection.

When you install Drive File Stream on your computer, it creates a drive in Windows Explorer named Google Drive File Stream. All of your My Drive and Team Drive files will appear there. You can transfer files between your computer and Drive or browse and organize your Drive files right in Windows Explorer.



The File Stream app also allows you to open files directly within applications like Microsoft Word. When you click File > Open, just browse to the Google File Stream Drive to locate your file.

If you used the old Google Drive Desktop App, you may have received a notification that it would no longer work after May 12, 2018. Google File Stream is a recommended replacement for the Google Drive Desktop App. Another option …

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This week's Quick Byte is about how an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! Prevention's not glamorous, so we don't usually waste your blogging time on it. But this time, trust me!

Phishing attacks have doubled in the past year at University of Minnesota.

Keeping your identity safe is a worry for everyone. If you haven’t been a victim of a phishing scam or another form of password theft, you likely know someone who has. These attacks are increasingly sophisticated, difficult to recognize, and hard to guard against!

The University of Minnesota is now offering Duo Two-Factor Protection to help you keep your W2 and Direct Deposit information more secure should your password get stolen.

And guess what--some of those attacks have resulted in bank accounts being changed for direct deposit, and tax information used to file tax returns. This actually happens. I know Halloween is over, but that's still some scary stuff!!

Opt in 

There are a number of steps in the Duo Two Factor Protection opt-in process, but step-by-step instructions will guide you through and it will take less than 10 minutes. The small inconvenience of opting in becomes worth it when you consider the incredible headache of having your W2 and Direct Deposit information stolen. If you like, you can also review how Duo Two Factor Protection works after you’ve opted in.

I have opted into this service, and I strongly encourage you to do the same. If you have any questions, please reach out to the friendly staff at the Technology Help service desk. They would be pleased to help you.

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