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How to Password Protect a Google Doc? [4 Easy Methods]

Google Doc is a free writing platform that allows you to create, edit, and share documents.

Additionally, you must password protect your Google Docs to prevent unauthorized access to your important data.

You can password protect your Google Docs using various methods such as permission settings, third-party tools, and encryption by a password.

Let us look at why and how to password protect a Google Doc to ensure that only authorized users may access its content.

Reason to Password Protect Your Google Docs

There are several reasons why you must password protect a Google Doc. Here are some of them;

  • To secure the information
  • To protect a personal piece of information
  • To share information between your Teams

How to Password Protect a Google Doc? [4 Easy Methods]

Do you remember the last time you opened a Google Doc link other people shared with you?

If that is the case, you have probably seen it is asking for permission to access. It indicates that other parties have encrypted the File.

Google Doc provides an easy way to protect your document with various tools.

Here are some methods to password protect a Google Doc.

1. Password Protect a Google Doc With Microsoft Office

Google Doc does not have built-in features for password protection. However, you can protect your documents via MS word.

Follow these steps to encrypt your document with MS Office.

  1. Open any document in Microsoft Office Word.
  2. Go to File in the left-hand side menu panel.
  3. select file in ms word

  4. Click Protect Documents > Encrypt with Password.
  5. go to file protect document encrypt with password

  6. Set the password you want and click the Ok button.
  7. click ok after setting the password

Once you have password protected your document in MS Word, you can upload it to Google Drive.

If the document needs editing, you must first download, decrypt, edit, and then re-encrypt it before uploading it to Google Drive.

Note: MS Word does not allow you to edit your document online after you set a password.

2. Password Protect a Google Doc With a Third-Party Tool/Add-on

You can password protect your documents using some third-party tools.

Password Protect a Google Doc Using DocSecrets

DocSecrets is one of the tools/add-ons that encrypt and hide sensitive information such as passwords and other secrets.

You can easily insert DocSecrets into your Google Docs.

Follow the steps below to password protect a Google Doc using DocSecrets;

  1. First, open the Google documents you want to encrypt.
  2. Click Extensions >Add-ons > Get add-ons.
  3. go to extension add ons get add ons

  4.  Go to Google Workspace Marketplace and search for DocSecrets and install it.
  5. install docsecret google docs

  6. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  7. After installing, go to Extension> Open DocSecrets >Start.
  8. select extensions docsecrets start

  9. You can insert your secret information and set a password.
  10. passphrase start docsecret

Your private information will be highlighted, and only a user with the password can access it in Google Docs.

Note: You must choose a secure password that prevents hackers from guessing it correctly. An example of such a password could be a combination of your birthdate and name.

Password Protect a Google Doc Using VeraCrypt

VeraCrypt is a free tool for encrypting the document folder and is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Follow the steps below to download Veracrypt and use it to password protect your Google Docs.

  1. Download and install the VeraCrypt and follow the on-screen instructions.
  2. download veracrypt software

  3. Create the volume and click Create Volume button.
  4. click create volume veracrypt

  5. VeraCrypt Volume Creation wizard window opens, enable Create an encrypted File container and click Next.
  6. Choose Standard VeraCrypt volume and click Next.
  7. enable create an encrypted file container next standard verscrypt volume next again

  8. Then, click Select File. Specify where you want to create VeraCrypt volume.
  9. Remember that the volume File name needs to be in .hc format.
  10. After selecting and saving the File, click the Next button.
  11. Choose default settings as AES and click Next.
  12. select path next encryption algorithm next

  13. Then, specify the size of your VeraCrypt container. We have set the size as 250 MB here. After this, click Next.
  14. Set the password in the first input field and retype again in the second input field and click Next again.
  15. choose volume size set password veracrypt

  16. After creating the volume, select the drive letter from the list.
  17. Then, select the document folder from your PC that you want to encrypt and click Mount.
  18. select volume folder mount veracrypt

    Note: We chose the drive letter A, but you can choose any available letter. The VeraCrypt container will be mounted in the ‘A’ driver letter.
  19.  Finally, you can set a password and click Ok.
  20. password protect google doc with veracrypt

You can now upload the folder into Google Drive.

3. Password Protect Google Docs With Extension

Secure File Encryption(SFE) add-on helps to protect your Google Docs efficiently.

First, you must download and install the SFE and follow the on-screen instructions.

But unfortunately, SFE is no longer accessible. If it is available in your area, try installing it.

password protect Google Docs via secure file encryption

Follow these steps to encrypt your document with SFE extensions.

  1. Open your Google Drive > My drive > More > Secure File Encryption.
  2. Set a password and upload your required document.

In this way, you can protect your document with Secure File Encryption.

Read on to learn how to use Superscript in Google Docs.

4. Lock Google Docs From the Editing Section

It is one way to prevent unauthorized users from editing Google Docs. You can lock your document from editing and prevent modification.

Follow the steps below to lock your document;

  1. Open any document you want to encrypt.
  2. Click the Share button on the top right-hand side.
  3. click share button google docs

  4. Under General Access, choose the Restricted option and Click Done.
  5. select restricted done on google docs

  6. Click on the Settings icon and uncheck Viewers and commenters can see the option to download, print and copy.

Now, if anyone opens the document, they cannot edit it but can download and view it.

Read on to learn how to Fraction in Google Docs.

The Bottom Line

If your document is handled improperly, you can experience worse issues. To ensure its security, you must encrypt your document.

Moreover, always use strong and unique passwords, and update them regularly to ensure your documents are protected.

Using the method described above, you can password protect a Google Doc. This will help you keep your sensitive documents safe from predators.

Read on to find out why your Google Docs is glitching and how to fix it.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I Decrypt an Encrypt File?

You can easily decrypt an encrypted File in Google Docs.

Right-click on the encrypted File and select Properties. Finally, you need to uncheck the encrypted content and click Ok.

Are Google Drive Files Encrypted?

When you upload a File to Google Drive, it is automatically stored in a secure place.

Data is encrypted in Google Drive; you can share your data and File and can share with others.

Can You Decrypt a File Without a Password?

No, you cannot decrypt a File without passwords.

If you have forgotten the password, you cannot decrypt a File genuinely, but you can find many online third-party tools.

However, such third-party tools are not 100% safe, and your data may be corrupted.

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