How to Password Protect Folder in Google Drive?

Looking to Password Encrypt Google Drive Folders? Here are the Best Methods to Password Lock Folder in Google Drive Using these Best Methods for Free.
Password Protect Google Drive Folder

Though Google Drive offers the option to restrict access to folders with the sharing option, it does not offer any dedicated folder lock for Google Drive. If you wish to encrypt any folder in Google Drive three two possible methods;

  • Upload Password Protected Folder to Google Drive.
  • Password Protect Folder Link.

You can use any of these two methods to encrypt your GDrive folders based on your need. Let us look in detail on how you can password protect your Drive Folder;

How to Password Protect Folder Before Uploading to Google Drive?

If you want to protect the folder content even if someone has access to Google Drive Sharing Link. You can directly encrypt the folder and then upload it to Google Drive, and when someone downloads the folder, they need to enter the password to unlock the folder. The only catch here is the folder needs to be compressed into a zip file, and then you can encrypt the zip and upload the zip to Drive. Here are the Simple Steps;

  • You can either Password Encrypt the Folder Using Windows or Mac PC – Complete Detailed Guide
    If using Android, you can try apps like BI Archiver Zip to lock the Zip folder.
  • Upload the Encrypted Zip to Google Drive.
  • Now, if someone downloads the Zip, they need to enter the password you have set.
    Download_Zip
  • Once the correct password is entered, the file is unzipped to access the folder content.
    Enter_Password_to_Unzip

I tried all the 3rd party tools and tricks to check if there is any loophole, and I found none. This is the best encryption method to lock your Drive.

How to Password Protect a Folder Using a 3rd Party Tool?

You can use a free 3rd party tool named Link Lock by Jacob Strieb. The tool is free and ad-free, built for open source use. Link Lock uses AES in GCM mode to securely encrypt passwords and PBKDF2 and salted SHA-256 (100,000 iterations) for secure key derivation. Encryption, decryption, and key derivation are all performed by the SubtleCrypto API.

  • Visit Link Lock Site.
  • Enter the Drive Folder Sharing Link.
  • Create and Confirm Password. Click Encrypt.
  • Copy the Encrypted Link.
    Link_Lock
  • Now one needs to enter the password to unlock the Folder URL to access the content.
    Enter_Password

How to Lock others from Accessing the GDrive Folder?

You can protect the Google drive folder from unwanted access by restricting the file. You can use the context menu on Google Drive web to restrict the folder and add email addresses/people only with whom you want to share the file.

Only the person to whom you gave the access will be able to open the drive and access the content. If any other person or a wrong email ID is used to access the file, he/she will be shown a custom warning page stating that they do not have access to the file.

You Need Permission Error Request Access

The following setting can even be applied if you already shared the folder link, the changes will take place instantly.

  • Look for the file that you want to protect.
  • Right-click on the folder and click on the Get link option.
    Get Link Folder Google Drive
  • Here make the link Restricted.
    Restricted Get Link
  • Enter the email address of the people with whom you want to share the file.
    Add People and Groups
  • You can restrict the folder from downloading and protect your content.
    Click_on_gear_icon


    Edit_Permissions_Google_Drive

  • You can even set the permission of the file as editor, viewer, commentator.

That’s it with this inbuilt locker feature, you can protect the folder from unauthorized access even if he/she has access to the folder link.

How to Password Protect a Folder in Drive Using G-Forms?

If you do not trust any tool outside the Google environment to protect the folder, then you can use Google Forms to password lock. This method will lock the folder sharing link. We will use Google Forms to create a password-protected form and add the GDrive sharing link inside the form. Here are the Simple Steps;

  1. Click on the New option in GDrive Desktop.
    Click_on_New
  2. Now open Google Forms, Blank Form.
    Blank_Form_Google_Forms_Google_Drive
  3. Google Forms page will open.
  4. Add any Title Name in place of ‘Untitled form.’ I added ‘BytesBin Lock‘ for the demo.
    Untitled Form
  5. Add Password Detail in ‘Untitled Question.’ I added ‘Enter Password to Unlock
    Add Password Detail in 'Untitled Question
  6. .’Change Multiple Choice Option to Short Answer.
  7. Now Turn on the Required Toggle.
    Turn ON Required Option
  8. Next to Required Toggle, you will see the 3 vertical Dots menu options; click on them.
  9. Here select Response validation.
    Response Validation
  10. Now more options will appear on the form.
  11. You can select Number as a Password, Text as a Password, or Regular expression for Password.
  12. I will go with Regular expression; this will allow me to create a complex alphanumeric password.
  13. Make sure to use the Contains as the option. This will ensure the file will be unlocked only when the exact password is entered.
    Enter_Password_Details
  14. Set the password in the Pattern option.
  15. Now in custom error text, add a custom error message to display the wrong password. I used ‘Incorrect Password‘ as a custom error message.
    custom error text
  16. Click on the Gear Gear_ICon_Google_drive icon.
    Gear Icon Google Forms
  17. Here tap on the Presentation option.
    Click Presentation
  18. Now under the Confirmation message: enter the Google Drive Sharing Folder URL and click Save.
    Add URL under Confirmation message and hit save
  19. Click on the Send button.
    Click Send
  20. You can now either share the file using Mail, copy the link or embed the link.
    Share the Protected URL
  21. That’s it! When someone opens the form, they need to enter the password.
    Enter_Password
  22. Entering the correct password will fetch you the GDrive URL.😀
    Link_Unlocked

 

Conclusion

With this Detailed Guide above you can password encrypt your Google Drive Folder. You can either upload an encrypted folder to Drive or lock the sharing URL with a passcode whichever suits your requirement.

With this Guide you will learn;

  • How to Encrypt Google Drive Folders?
  • How to Password Protect Folder Before Uploading to Google Drive?
  • How to Password Lock Folder Uploaded to Google Drive?

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