You may already have the tool you need for protection from Ransomware – and not even know it!
By now, you should be running Windows 10 on all of your systems (here’s why) but even if you updated ages ago, you may not realize that this past fall, Microsoft gave you an even more comprehensive update that will drastically reduce your risk of being infected by Ransomware. This new feature, called “Controlled Folder Access” was a part of the Windows 10 version 1709 (fourth edition) update.
The controlled folder access feature works by protecting any and all folders that you select from being accessed by downloaded apps, programs or files. This means that malicious code (like ransomware) can not access any of your protected files. As a user, you can select which folders have controlled access, and which do not. The default settings are to protect your library folders, which are: Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music, Favorites as well as Desktop, but you can configure the feature to protect any other folders you need extra security on as well.
Setting up Controlled Folder Access
- To configure this option and protect your files, make sure that you have the latest update for Windows 10.
- Once you’re up to date, head to the Windows Settings menu, and follow this path: Update & Security > Windows Defender > Open Windows Defender Security Center > Virus & threat protection > Virus & threat protection settings > Controlled folder access.
- Enable Controlled folder access.
- You will now see a list of protected folders. To protect more than just the default folders, click on “Add a Protected Folder” and select the folder you’d like to protect.
It’s that easy!
.. once this protection is in place, some of your apps will no longer be able to make changes/download content/etc. If your workplace uses file sharing platforms like Anchor or Dropbox, you might need to tweak things a little to allow for business as usual. If an app is blocked, but you want to allow it to use your protected folders, you can select “Allow an app through Controlled folder access” option and then click on “Add an allowed app”.
If your business has more specific downloading and file sharing needs, you might need a little more help configuring this security feature. Luckily, that’s exactly the kind of thing that makes having a managed services provider so great. We can help you out, or just do it for you!
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