How to add protected folders in the Admin Dashboard
  • 05 Jul 2023
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How to add protected folders in the Admin Dashboard

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This article will explain what protected folders are and how to manage them in the Admin Dashboard. Please note, this article demonstrates how to add protected folders on the local drive not the web interface. Protected folders need to be added for both the local drive and the web. To add a protected folder for the web Click Here

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Protected folders are locations within the organization where protected content can be consumed. A file will not be consumable when outside of a designated protected folder. Examples include endpoint common user folders, on-premises network drives, and cloud-based document-sharing services. 

How to manage protected folders on the Admin dashboard?

Step 1: Log into the Anchor Admin Dashboard. Select Settings>User Roles.


Step 2: Navigate to the desired user role and select the "action" symbol on the right denoted by 3 vertical dots and Edit.

Step 3: Select Protected Folders.

Step 4: Select Protected Folders>Add a protected folder and enter the folder path. Click on Add.  Any file added to this protected folder will automatically be Anchored. We recommend Anchoring all files inside of this folder to ensure pre-existing files are Anchored.

For Example: To protect the documents folders on the OneDrive account for the organization ID "Anchor", the admin would add “OneDrive - Anchor\Documents”. Note, there is a space around ‘-’. 

To protect the Share1\Documents folders on the SharePoint account of Organization "Anchor", the admin would add “SharePoint-Anchor\Share1\Documents\”.

Please note: Adding a folder to auto encryption applies protection to the folders on the web client. Adding a protected folder in the admin dashboard applies protection to folders on the local drive.

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