Microsoft is making some interesting security-related changes to Windows 10 with the next Fall Creators Update, expected to debut in September. Windows 10 testers can now access a preview of the changes that include a new controlled folder access feature. It’s designed to only allow specific apps to access and read / write to a folder. If enabled, the default list prevents apps from accessing the desktop, pictures, movies, and documents folders.
“Controlled folder access monitors the changes that apps make to files in certain protected folders,” explains Dona Sarkar, head of Microsoft’s Windows Insiders program. “If an app attempts to make a change to these files, and the app is blacklisted by the feature, you’ll get a notification about the attempt.”
The new controlled folder feature is designed to protect against viruses and ransomware from locking machines out of certain folders. Ransomware has hit the headlines recently as WannaCry and Petya wreak havoc on older Windows machines worldwide. Microsoft is also including exploit protection into its Windows Defender software in Windows 10, which should help prevent viruses and malware from exploiting vulnerabilities in the first place.
Next Up In Tech
- Photobucket accused of blackmail after quietly requiring users to pay $400 a year to hotlink
- Moto X4 photo leaked, showing dual cameras and curved screen
- Self-driving cars just had one of their best months yet
- Ticketmaster to kill long lines by checking event attendees in with smartphone audio data
- ‘Nothing but respect for MY president’ meme is the most patriotic way to celebrate America
- Bixby reportedly delayed in the US due to lack of data