Here is a video tutorial for protect your Google drive folder through password:
Google drive is a free storage and organization service of files and folders which is introduced by Google in 2012. It allows users to create, edit and share the document of any type i.e.doc files, slides or sheets for free.
All data which is created through Google drive is saved on cloud and can be access from any device and share which whomever you want.
Although data which is saved on cloud is secure and protected through your Google password but still you can password protect your Google drive files and folder through different security methods in order to provide an extra layer of security.
Data which we view on Google drive is free from virus and any malfunction.
Every technology has some advantages and disadvantages. Let’s dig into the pros and cons of Google drive:
|Google drive is the cloud storage system so you can access your file anywhere with a strong internet connection.||Google drive does not have any password for itself. Although your data on cloud is secured but once you share the link of your document your data will not be secure any more.|
|Google drive has its own document processor so that you can edit your files anywhere with any device.||Internet is necessary for Google drive. You can work offline but the changes or editing which you have made on your document will only be visible with an internet connection.|
|The best thing of Google drive is you can access your Google drive folder on any device.||Google drive has the limit for uploading files per day. You cannot upload more than 750 GB in a day.|
|Google drive can view almost any type of files; it can be Photoshop, HD videos or type of documents.||Google drive also has limits on file size. Images of documents should not be more the 2 megabits in size, doc file are limited to 1,024,000 characters while PowerPoint slides are restricted to 100 megabits which means 400 slides.|
|Google drive makes sharing easy you can easily share data with your team within no time. You can also set permission for who can view or edit your data.|
|You can also discuss with your team or group through Google drive comments.|
|Google drive UI is very simple and easy to use.|
|Although your Google account password is required to access Google drive but the document you saved on cloud is totally safe and secure.|
Google one is the subscription plan for Google storage space as Google drive offers only limited space for storage which is 15 GB. Google one let users to have more than free space which is from 100 GB to 2 TB.
It has different package plans and cost according to the package you want to avail. The benefits of using Google one is following:
You can have even unlimited storage space by paying $20/month.
You can get direct access with Google experts.
You can enjoy benefits on other Google products.
You can allocate separate storage space for your family (5 family members can be added).
There are three ways to password protect Google drive folder:
Although Google drive is protected automatically and no one can gain access without owner’s permission but still you can set a strong password for your Google drive.
Inside of Google drive such as Google doc, Google sheets and power point cannot protected through password individually, so in order keep your data secure make just make sure you have set a strong password for your account which fulfills all security fundamentals.
This is the simplest and the best way to secure your data on cloud.
Another way to protect your data is to password protect individual files of a folder before uploading on Google drive.
Following are the steps for password protect files before uploading:
Right click the file and choose PROPERTIES.
Click ADVANCED to proceed further.
In encrypt attributes select ENCRYPT CONTENTS TO SECURE DATA and click OK.
Select APPLY THIS CHANGE TO THIS FOLDER ONLY.
Now you have to back up your encryption certificate and key by clicking BACK UP NOW.
Then follow the wizard to set the password.
You can also password protect your data through MS word by following these steps:
Open your document.
Click PROTECT DOCUMENT-> ENCRYPT WITH PASSWORD.
Type your password.
Now you can upload your encrypted file to Google drive.
You can password protect Google drive by following these steps:
Open your Google drive.
Go to SETTINGS.
Select PASSCODE LOCK.
Turn passcode lock ON.
Enter and re-enter your password to confirm.
Now, your Google drive is password protected.
Here is the video tutorial for password protect Google drive app:
Another way to password protect Google drive is to protect Google drive through another application. There are number of security applications available of play store, one of them is APPLOCK.
You have to download and install applock from play store and set a strong password for the application then you need to select the applications from your android devices which you need to protect by the applock.
The only way to protect Google sheets is to encrypt data, in order to password protect Google sheet you need to follow these simple steps:
Open Google sheet.
In navigation bar click PROTECT FILES.
Select ENCRYPT FILES.
Enter password then click OK.
Google drive does not have such feature to password protect individual folder within the drive but it is secure through Google account password. You can also limit the permission of audience who can access, edit or change the document.
Google drive overall a secure storage space where your data is safe and secure because Google encrypt your data while being uploaded. But your documents can be access by hackers or government offices with the encryption key provided by Google.
iCloud is comparatively safer then Google drive. Although Google drive has enhance their security but it does not provide end-to-end encryption which iCloud does.
Google drive is a storage space on cloud which allows users to create, save, edit and share data without having original software in the system. Additionally user can access data from anywhere and on whatever device he currently has, you can share data with your colleagues as well by sharing the link.
Some of the Google drive storage space is free. Google drive offers 15 GB storage space for free but if you want more space you can upgrade to Google one which is paid Google drive. Google one offers 100 GB storage space for $1.99 per month and 1 TB space for $9.99 only.
Google claims to provide as much space as you needed but you have to pay $20 per month and you can enjoy unlimited storage space.
Google one basically a membership or package plan by which you can get more space on cloud. Since this is not a separate application so when you will get Google one it’ll automatically replace Google drive.
Google provide a form in which you can add your payment details like credit or debit card number or account details.
While using Google one you can invite your 5 family members and share your membership with them. Everyone have their own storage space to store their own data.
|Initial||Free||15 GB||15 GB storage|
|Basic||PKR 209/month||100 GB||100 GB storage space, Google experts, Add your family, Membership benefits|
|Standard||PKR 339/month||200 GB||200 GB storage space, Google experts, Add your family, Membership benefits|
|Premium||PKR 1,049/month||2 TB||2 TB storage space, Google experts, Add your family, Membership benefits|
As above study Google drive is a cloud based storage space in which you can create, edit, save and share your data with your colleague and team by sharing a link in no time. Google drive initially offers 15 GB of storage space for free but if you need more space you will have to pay for it. Although Google drive is totally secured and the data which you saved on cloud cannot be steal without its encryption key which is provided by Google itself but still you can add more security layers by protect Google drive through password. Unfortunately you cannot set password for individual data or document but you can password protect Google drive folders in 3 different ways: you can set strong password for your Google account or you can password protect individual files before uploading on cloud or you can encrypt your data through Microsoft word.