All you need to know about Windows 10's Controlled Folder Access

Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2017 - 04:27 PM |
Tagged: windows 10, security, windows defender

One feature of the Fall Creator's Update which has not seen much coverage is the new Controlled Folder Access security setting under Windows Defender Security Center.  It is enabled for system files automatically, blocking the ability for all but approved apps from making changes to the files in your system folders.  You can also add additional folders as well as approved applications by following the simple instructions which Slashdot linked to.  The primary goal is to prevent ransomware's ability to encrypt vast swaths of folders on your machine but it will also help protect folders you choose from being modified by applications you have not approved.

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"With the release of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update last week, the "Controlled Folder Access" that Microsoft touted in June is now live for millions of users. As the name hints, the Controlled Folder Access feature allows users to control who can access certain folders."

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Source: Slashdot

October 23, 2017 | 07:32 PM - Posted by Jgr9 (not verified)

"unauthorized changed" Yup, says that on mine too.

October 24, 2017 | 12:00 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

heh I guess there was an unauthorized change that snuck past Defender itself! :)

October 23, 2017 | 08:35 PM - Posted by Cyclops

Malwaresoft Windows 10 has more security issues than Iraq.

October 23, 2017 | 09:36 PM - Posted by Anonymouse (not verified)

Probably the first Win10 feature that's actually useful, although anyone that cares about security wouldn't be using it in the first place

October 24, 2017 | 08:17 AM - Posted by Subsailor

Do you mean that anyone who cares about security won't be using Win10?
OR
Anyone who cares about security won't be using this feature?

October 24, 2017 | 08:04 PM - Posted by Anonymouse (not verified)

The first one. This feature is good but tied to an OS that qualifies as malware

October 25, 2017 | 12:43 AM - Posted by Greg Richard (not verified)

I don't see it in the 17017 Build version of Redstone 4. Why? Is the feature starting to be hated or Redmond thinks it is giving too much security to Windows users. It is better to block the program using Windows Firewall, See how.

https://www.pallareviews.com/77/block-an-applicationsoftwareprogram-in-w...

October 25, 2017 | 01:48 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

That would be for Win 7 and is not really the type of protection this offers.

October 26, 2017 | 01:06 AM - Posted by Greg Richard (not verified)

I think this feature is little hidden in RS4 builds. You have to click "Virus & threat protection settings" to see this option and then enable it. Then you have access to it.

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