In the wake of the widening ransomware epidemic, Microsoft is adding some features to Windows to help keep users’ personal files from being victimized.
The next major Windows 10 release, dubbed the “Fall Creators Update,” brings a new featured called “Controlled Folder Access,” which restricts write access in certain folders to authorized apps, which should prevent ransomware encryption algorithms from locking out users from their important files. When activated, the feature will protect a system’s document & media folders and desktop by default, and advanced users can edit the protected list to add or remove folders as needed.
In addition, Windows’ built-in anti-malware system, Windows Defender is getting beefed up with the addition of a suite of anti-exploit and malware containment tools to prevent backdoor infections and isolate infections to keep them from spreading network-wide.
Members of the Windows Insider program can access a beta build of the new OS features now, with the public release expected in September.