And Ive probably seen worse. I wont get into any more details, but by searching for important file types, I found sensitive budget information for a major media company. My jaw still hurts from hitting the floor.In fact, you might want to do some creative searching of your own sites (using the "site:mysite.com" search modifier) to get a sense of what Google has on you. If you find the wrong things up there, you can remove it following Googles instructions. For insights on security coverage around the Web, check out eWEEK.com Security Center Editor Larry Seltzers Weblog. And dont rely on password protection to make it "safe" to put those files up there. I guarantee you that for any significant file format, theres an easily available crack program to break the password protection, and I know this is the case for Quicken and QuickBooks data. So, keep your sensitive data off the Web, even for brief periods of time. Even if there are ways to keep Google off it, its not worth the chance that some crawling program will find it and grab the contents. Security Center Editor Larry Seltzer has worked in and written about the computer industry since 1983. Check out eWEEK.coms Security Center at http://security.eweek.com for security news, views and analysis.
Of course, theres no problem here with Google. Theres a problem with users and administrators putting sensitive data out where Google can find it. Some of the files I saw appeared to be on users member sites for their ISP accounts. I suppose this is supposed to be a poor mans remote-access method, in that they can get to important files through the Web page. Oy, what a bad idea!