I couldn’t believe that over 190 people could access my Google Drive documents, especially since I didn’t want a lot of them to be able to access them – obviously! Do you know who can open your private or company Google Drive docs, images, spreadsheets…? No? Well, WhoHasAccess is a new web application made by a German startup team that can give you all these answers – for free! Permissions are very important with ever increasing use of web applications both in our personal lives and in business. With the popularity of Google Drive and all the partners, freelancers, friends and clients you added over the years there is at least a dozen people you don’t want to be able to access your documents “in the cloud” any more.
After a scan that takes anywhere from a few to couple of dozen minutes, WhoHasAccess will show you a list of all the people that have access to your Google Drive documents. You can click on individual names to discover exactly which folders and files they can access and – if needed – revoke their access.
Started as a Summer Project
Interestingly enough, WhoHasAccess was created in only 8 days as a summer side project by the team from Germany behind cloud notification products CatchApp and Hojoki. Founder Martin Bohringer told Netocratic:
A few weeks ago I wanted to remove a long-term team member from our apps. It got ridiculously difficult when I tried to remove him from Google Drive. There is some kind of structure in our Drive, however it eventually ended up as a huge collection of files and folders with different owners and individual access rights.
Bohringer says that they put a lot of thought into security so WhoHasAccess deletes any data it uses for the scan and deletes its own permissions. While WhoHasAccess is a free web application, Bohringer told me that they will work on an extended 2.0 version if they reach more than $1000 in donations.