Basic Security AlanOstaszewski Security Configuration 2022

Last updated
Apr 20, 2022
How it's used?
For home and private use
Operating system
Windows 11
On-device encryption
Log-in security
Security updates
Allow security updates and latest features
User Access Control
Notify me only when programs try to make changes to my computer
Smart App Control
Network firewall
Real-time security
Windows Defender
Firewall security
Microsoft Defender Firewall
About custom security
Periodic malware scanners
Malware sample testing
I do not participate in malware testing
Browser(s) and extensions
Chrome, Google Search
As an addon I only use I don't care about cookies.

I rarely use uBlock Origin and others. For websites I visit frequently, I have a premium subscription. Then I have no advertising.
Secure DNS
Sporadically Cloudflare, but not because of "security" but for web development, so that DNS entries and name servers synchronise quickly.

Otherwise the DNS server from my ISP provider
Desktop VPN
Password manager
Built-in password manager in Chrome
Maintenance tools
Windows built-in tools
File and Photo backup
iCloud for photos and files
System recovery
Risk factors
    • Working from home
    • Browsing to popular websites
    • Browsing to unknown / untrusted / shady sites
    • Opening email attachments
    • Buying from online stores, entering banks card details
    • Logging into my bank account
    • Downloading software and files from reputable sites
    • Requesting and accepting remote access
    • Streaming audio/video content from trusted sites or paid subscriptions
    • Streaming audio/video content from shady sites
    • Coding and development
Computer specs
Thinkpad T440P. Another 1.5 years, then I'll certainly get a Mac.
i5-4300M with 180gb SSD and 8gb RAM.
What I'm looking for?

Looking for minimum feedback.


Level 16
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Malware Hunter
Jul 27, 2017
I have a get-work-done security configuration. My security configuration is limited to Windows Defender. I do not need more than that. I want my laptop to work when I open it up. For that, I don't need four real time scanners in the background stealing my performance.
But what is very important to me are strong passwords and two-factor authentication for every website.

Such a minimalist configuration is certainly not recommended to many. But I personally don't need more. Moreover, I don't have the time to spend on it.


Level 85
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Content Creator
Malware Hunter
Aug 17, 2014
Welcome back @AlanOstaszewski

I can try to help about "Network Firewall" that's means your router... just in case you may overlooked?


Andy Ful

From Hard_Configurator Tools
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Top Poster
Dec 23, 2014
Hi Alan :)

Did you skip Linux?

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