Googledocs security problem

Do you use Google Docs? Do you collaborate? What setting do you use to collaborate - named persons or anyone with the (non-public) Web address?

If the last of those, think twice. It might be easy to post a link to just those in the know, safe that its a non-public URL. However, as one of my competitors has found out, it's not that safe.

Note: This is not a Google / Googledocs speciific issue. It just happens that I found it via a GoogleDoc. Any online document that relies on Joe Public not knowing the URL is vulnerable.

He had a list of his competitors and their Web addresses, including my website. He then clicked on the link and my web traffic stats picked up on the link and I now have the page he came from and access to his spreadsheet.

I've picked out Google Docs, but any online page that is publicly accessible if you know the URL can be vulnerable. My competitor just had a list of his competition, but it could have been sensitive (pricing) information accessible by the road-based Sales team for instance.

Oh, and yes I did tell him (eventually ;-) )

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