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Google Drive will get a new useful offline feature

11 November 2020, Wednesday By Elena Arich

The popular cloud service "Google Drive" provides access to data from any device, but does not support file encryption, which can lead to security problems. Soon, according to network informers, the situation will change - a new function was discovered in the source code of Google's proprietary mobile application that can protect users' confidential information from outsiders.

Google Drive

Enthusiasts of the XDA-Developers portal found a mention of the file encryption feature in the code of the Android version of Google Drive for Android with build number 2.20.441.06.40. It is noteworthy that the process will take place locally on the user's computer, and not on the server-side. 

Google Drive
Google Drive
Google Drive

Later, developer Alessandro Paluzzi posted screenshots of the new feature in action on his Twitter blog. He noted that encrypted files will have a padlock icon to indicate their offline availability. At the same time, according to him, changing the encryption settings leads to the deletion of all previously downloaded copies. 

When exactly the new feature will become available to all users is still unknown. 

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