I have recently seen many people use Google Forms as a way of sharing “passcode protected” information. They seem to have the first section of the form with a required field asking for a short piece of text (the “password”), and if the inputted text does not exactly match the required text, it gives you a custom error message telling you the “password” is incorrect. The second section of the form is the secret information, which you can’t see until you put in the correct “password” from the first form section. You don’t log in with a Google account either.
I’ve seen many schools use this as a way to share Zoom Meeting IDs and passwords with students. While it superficially seems to work well enough for most people, is this really a safe way of protecting private information? For example, are people who use Google forms to passcode protect information safe from things such as brute-force attacks? I’m fairly sure the “passwords” being used aren’t strong either.