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Security Risk Backup & Sync to Drive for Desktop - Sync Selected Files Not Allowed or Lock Function
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After chatting with Google Support, I was told to submit my feedback because a critical function is missing from the newly implemented Drive for desktop application.
 
While I understand platforms and services, update/change, Backup & Sync worked fine overall. Many features are the same as what's being offered by Drive for desktop; i.e., Sync local folders, back-up photos & videos to Google Photos, Use Multiple accounts at the same time, etc. but one key feature that Backup & Sync had that Drive for desktop doesn't, is the ability to Sync selected folders in My Drive to my computer. 
 
This feature was HUGE for myself and many of my co-workers and others who use Google Drive for both personal and work on different devices/computers. Personally, I use that feature on every PC/Laptop I own or access daily. Now, with the forced update, I lose out on the ability to sync only specific folders, which completely defeats why I used Google Drive's Backup & Sync in the first place.
 
The ability to access files offline was already a feature in Backup & Sync; updated file versions wouldn't sync until you were online again. Other features like Dark Mode aren't a vast "feature change," in my opinion, because on the iPhone and Android, Backup & Sync wasn't even a thing as you just downloaded the Google Drive app. For security reasons (both personal and work), not having the ability to sync specific folders from my Drive to my Computer/Laptop is a huge security flaw in my mind. 
 
When Google released the function to lock Google Drive access from the mobile app and require either Face ID or a Passcode, I finally thought the same functionality would be implemented for specific Folders as an added layer of security; just like Apple did when they added the ability to lock specific Notes with an individual designated password for each locked note (not just your iPhone's Face ID or Passcode). But, for Google Drive, that feature never came, and now I am being forced to use Drive for desktop, and the most basic and critical benefit of Backup & Sync wasn't carried over into the "new" features.
 
The only significant benefit I can see is having the ability to Stream or Mirror your files depending on your preference to help prevent your Drive files from taking up Hard Drive space on your PC/Laptop. The loss in the ability to not sync specific folders or even implement something as simple as allowing users to lock folders and require MFA is a huge security issue because Drive for desktop doesn't allow for Selected Folders to be synced. Instead, all files are synced without any option or choice by the account owner and user. 
 
So ultimately, this may be a breaking point for me to continue to use Google Drive at all moving forward as it's a security risk that should have been prevented by keeping one of the only useful and different features Backup & Sync had compared to Drive for desktop and that is allowing selected folders to be synced. 
 
I hope this feedback will be taken seriously, and an update will be rolled out soon as the ability to lock a folder and require MFA already exists for other Google Products. Adding the Sync Selected Folders function setting that worked and already existed on Backup & Sync could also be implemented into Drive for Desktop, resolving this security issue in this forced product change.
 
Thank you for your time and consideration.
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