So here is something new to combat ransomware (assuming the folder security doesn’t have an exploit) coming in the currently rolling out Win 10 Fall Creators Update. Fundamentally, it’s just a nice user interface on top of standard Windows permissions and a new default that locks down more folders to prevent any program with any access level from being able to rewrite your standard document folders.
Because that’s what MS have recommended over the years: that all saves and settings be put into My Documents or My Games in My Docs or My Saves in My Docs. There is also the SaveGames special location, but it’s rarely been embraced, and also the appdata stuff (which this seems to not include by default - which makes me think the expectation is not to whitelist every single app you regularly use). But it does look like this will cause issues for most games (at least those that don’t just use Steam cloud folders for all their stuff) if you turn it on and possibly won’t be as graceful as you’d want (as full-screen games hide action centre notifications like this that will require you to whitelist them before saves work (but loading shouldn’t be affected so you may not notice immediately unless you try to change a setting and it doesn’t stick).
Thoughts? Should MS have thought through a different solution to this issue (as folder permissions under Windows is typically pretty transparent to user compared to how *Nix OSs have forced users to engage with them) or is this a necessary change that we’ll just have to get used to (and game installers will need to start asking for whitelist permission on installation - assuming there’s an API to make that request)?