How to Enable Controlled Folder Access, Whitelist Apps and Add or Remove Protected Folders
Here's how to enable the Controlled folder access feature:
Here's how to allow apps that you trust is being blocked by the Controlled folder access feature to access Protected folders:
Windows library folders like Documents, Pictures, Movies, and Desktop are designated as being compulsorily "protected" by default, which can not be removed.
However, users can add or remove their personal folders to the list of protected folders. Here's how to add folders to Protected folders list:
Users can also enter network shares and mapped drives, but environment variables and wildcards are not supported at this moment.
Other Security Feature Introduced in Windows 10 Insider Program
With the release of Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16232, Windows Defender Application Guard (WDAG) for — a new system for running Microsoft Edge in a special virtual machine in order to protect the OS from browser-based flaws — also received improvements in usability.
Windows 10 Insider Preview Build also comes with support for Microsoft Edge data persistence when using WDAG.
"Once enabled, data such as your favorites, cookies, and saved passwords will be persisted across Application Guard sessions," Microsoft explains.Another new security feature called has been introduced in Windows 10 16232, which blocks cyber attacks even when security patches are not available for them, which means the feature will be useful particularly in the case of zero-day vulnerabilities.
"The persisted data will be not be shared or surfaced on the host, but it will be available for future Microsoft Edge in Application Guard sessions."
Exploit Protection works without Microsoft's Windows Defender Antivirus tool, but you can find the feature in Windows Defender Security Center → App & Browser Control → Exploit Protection.
In the Fall Creators Update for Windows 10, Microsoft has also planned to use a