How to encrypt a document stored on Google Drive?

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Storing your files in the cloud files will keep it safe. Encryption is the best way to do that. You can keep your cloud-bound documents protected with a password using various techniques. Google Drive encryption is an important step in this procedure.

Many browser extensions also claim to serve this purpose. To lock down documents you’ve stored in Google Drive, you need to do few things.

How to Keep Your Devices Secure

Google files like Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides documents does not contain an option for separate password protection, still they are protected on Google’s servers. Other users can’t see your files without your Google Account username and password.

If you want to protect your docs from outsiders, use a strong password and enable two-factor authentication. Also, use a hardware security key like a Titan or YubiKey for  better protection.

To save your laptop or phone, protect them with a password or PIN. Encrypt the on board storage. Many times, your phone is already encrypted, but make sure you enable BitLocker (Windows) or FileVault (Mac) in your computer’s settings to keep thieves out of the laptop.

Encrypt Documents Before Uploading

After these security precautions in place, you are safe and the laptop thieves will be locked out of any Google Docs that you have stored online.

If your Google’s servers get hacked, or if you cannot trust Google for keeping your documents secure, you will need an extra layer of encryption. For extra protection, you will have to give up Google Docs’ abilities to edit online.

The cloud storage in which you control the encryption, is the best one you can use to secure the documents. To store any sensitive documents in Google Drive, you can easily encrypt a document on your PC. Now upload the document using Google’s Backup and Sync desktop program.

Remember, you cannot edit these files in Google Docs, but they can be downloaded on other PCs. Decrypt and edit them using the desktop program of your choice.

Encrypt Documents USING Word

 There are many ways to encrypt individual documents before you upload them. If you have installed Microsoft Office on your PC, use its built-in encryption feature.

Open the document and go to File. Click on Protect Document. Now Encrypt with Password. Create a new password for the file. If you forget that password, you will lose that file forever. Upload that file to Google Drive.

Google cannot read the file, but you can download it. Open it on any system after installing Microsoft Office.

Encrypt Documents using Boxcrypt

To encrypt non-Office documents, Boxcryptor acts like a Dropbox, Google Drive, and other cloud storage services. But instead of using its own cloud service, it hooks into the cloud-syncing programs that are already installed on your PC.

Install Boxcryptor and enable Google Drive in Boxcryptor’s settings. Go to Boxcryptor from Windows Explorer’s sidebar. Right-click on the files you want to secure. click on the Boxcryptor and then Encrypt option. The checkbox will turn green. You can still see the files in Google Drive, but you cannot access them unless you have Boxcryptor installed and logged in.

For more assistance, take the help of customer support team. They are available 24*7 with a team of experts. They will help you in Google drive encryption.


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