Warning: Google Drive access now only possible via own client id

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Warning: Google Drive access now only possible via own client id

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I'm sorry to inform you that direct Google Drive access will stop working 90 days after this post has been published.
Google api access now requires an annual security assessment "CASA Tier 2" by a third party company which cost $75'000 per year and program.
This is not sustainable, and there would never be enough users to finance this via a subscription.
The security assessment can only be avoided by restricting access to single files via Google file picker.

So, what are your alternatives if you currently use this function?
1. Create your own client id as described here
2. Migrate your data to one of the following cloud services supported by my plugin:
- Microsoft OneDrive
- Dropbox
- Box
- Yandex
- Strato HiDrive
3. Migrate your data to your own OwnCloud server and enable WebDAV access, then use my WedDAV plugin
4. Install Google drive for Windows to mirror your files locally

The app for Windows Phone has already been restricted, and the Android app will probably be next (no notification received so far).
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Re: Warning: Google Drive access will be removed from cloud plugin

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Darn Google. I do use this feature frequently, and it has worked the best for a group that I lead. Will see if I can make Dropbox do the same.

Won't try OneDrive - MS constantly changes their rules.

Thanks for the notice!
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Best would be hosting your own OwnCloud or NextCloud server, it's very easy to setup on a VPS or small dedicated server, and the data would be fully in your own possession.
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Re: Warning: Google Drive access will be removed from cloud plugin

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I don't want to discuss Google's decision.

But I'm wondering, can I continue to use the existing plugin (with the implemented access to Google Drive) after the deadline?
- Will it continue working with Google Drive?
- Will my usage of that old plugin harm you and your company so that you have to pay?
- Or do I have to pay something myself to google?
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Re: Warning: Google Drive access will be removed from cloud plugin

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They are changing API. Old API will stop work.
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Re: Warning: Google Drive access will be removed from cloud plugin

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ghisler(Author) wrote: 2023-11-15, 08:43 UTC I'm sorry to inform you that Google Drive access will stop working 90 days after this post has been published.
Google api access now requires an annual security assessment "CASA Tier 2" by a third party company which cost $75'000 per year and program.
The link: cost $75'000 per year and program is about Gmail API integration - maybe the cost is much lower for Google Drive Integration.

Maybe this Linda Lawton from the stackowerflow link could answer that.
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The cost isn't for API usage, it's for a security assessment by a third party company. Google now requires this for all apps which access restricted permissions like GMail mails or Google Drive full access. The price is for checking a ton of requirements which Total Commander may not even be able to fulfill. For example, it forbids the usage of outdated technologies like Flash, but there are plugins like SWFview which use Flash to view SWF files.
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Re: Warning: Google Drive access now only possible via own client id

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A user has suggested a way to still allow users to access their Google drive account by creating their own client id. The tool rclone also uses this method.

Direct Google Drive has now stopped working, but I have released a new plugin version where you can enter your own client id and client secret, or read it from a json file downloaded from Google. Here are the detailed instructions:
https://www.ghisler.com/googledrivehelp.htm

One client ID allows to specify up to 100 users, so this method can also be used in small companies.

Please let me know if you have any troubles using this. The process to create a client id is quite long, but it works well when exactly following the described steps.
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Re: Warning: Google Drive access now only possible via own client id

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Thanks, but within your description on googledrivehelp.htm, you miss the first step, I think.
Before your first step, one need to be logged in to an account?
Because I'm not logged in, I do not see a combobox on top-left...
"Create a new project by clicking on the top-left combobox and then on "new project""

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Yes, you need to log in with your Google account, which you need anyway to use the plugin.
I have added an extra step now which explains this.
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Re: Warning: Google Drive access now only possible via own client id

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Direct Google Drive has now stopped working
Hmm, it still works here 2 days after the announced cessation
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Re: Warning: Google Drive access now only possible via own client id

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Well, they announce that a new Google login page will be available on February, 15. It may concern other features as well.

Edit: There is no exact date in Google announce.
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Re: Warning: Google Drive access now only possible via own client id

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Updated to the new plugin version 2.80 final, but did not follow the advice to create an ID.
It still works fine here.
I use it several times a day.
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Re: Warning: Google Drive access now only possible via own client id

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That's odd, do you see the new "json" button when you open the connection settings with Alt+Enter? If no, then you are still using the old plugin version.

The old version still works, but only for up to 100 users (not at the same time, just 100 different mail addresses ever). You must be one of the first 100 to log in after Google restricted my plugin.

Also if you have stored your credentials with a master password, you are still logged in from a previous session. The plugin can renew the login token with a refresh token (stored via master password) when it expires.
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Re: Warning: Google Drive access now only possible via own client id

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ghisler(Author) wrote: 2024-02-13, 08:45 UTC That's odd, do you see the new "json" button when you open the connection settings with Alt+Enter? If no, then you are still using the old plugin version.

The old version still works, but only for up to 100 users (not at the same time, just 100 different mail addresses ever). You must be one of the first 100 to log in after Google restricted my plugin.
You are right, I had downloaded the new version but not yet installed.
So I'll wait until it no longer works before upgrading :)
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