Basic Security AlanOstaszewski Security Configuration 2022

Last updated
Apr 20, 2022
Personal, primary device
Additional PC users
Not shared with other users
Desktop OS
Windows 11
OS edition
Login security
    • None
Primary sign-in
Local account
Primary user
Admin user - Full permissions
Security updates
Automatic - allow all types of updates
Windows UAC
Default - notify when programs attempt to make changes
Network firewall
ISP-issued router
Real-time protection
Windows Defender
Software firewall
Microsoft Defender Firewall
Custom RTP, Firewall and OS settings
Malware testing
No malware samples
Periodic security scanners
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
Password manager
Built-in password manager in Chrome
Browsers, Search and Addons
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.
Maintenance and Cleaning
Windows built-in tools
Personal Files & Photos backup
iCloud for photos and files
Personal backup routine
Automatic (scheduled)
Device recovery & backup
Device backup routine
PC activity
  1. Working from home. 
  2. Browsing the web. 
  3. Browsing to unknown sites. 
  4. Emails. 
  5. Shopping. 
  6. Banking. 
  7. Downloading software. 
  8. Remote assistance. 
  9. Multimedia. 
  10. Streaming. 
  11. App developer. 
Computer specs
Thinkpad T440P. Another 1.5 years, then I'll certainly get a Mac.
i5-4300M with 180gb SSD and 8gb RAM.
Feedback Response

Minimal feedback


Level 16
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Top poster
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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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?