SECURITY: Complete BigZ's Security Config 2020

Last updated
May 2, 2020
Operating system
Windows 10
Sign-in identity
Sign-in with Local account
Log-in security
    • Account password
Permissions
Administrator user account
Security updates
Automatic - allow all types of updates
Windows UAC
Maximum - always notify
Malware samples
No - malware is not downloaded
Firewall protection
Microsoft Defender Firewall
Real-time malware protection
Windows Defender Antivirus, Malwarebytes Premium 4.1.0
Periodic scanning
AdwCleaner, Emsisoft Emergency Kit, HitmanPro Free, Zemana Antimalware Portable Free
Browsers
Chrome - uBlock Origin, HTTPS Everywhere
Firefox - uBlock Origin, HTTPS Everywhere
Edge (Chromium) - uBlock Origin, HTTPS Everywhere
Optimisation apps
Autoruns, Process Explorer, TCPView, Revo Uninstaller Free
My Files & Photos backup
Google Backup & Sync
My Files backup schedule
Automatic - sync to a trusted cloud provider, or local attached storage
Device recovery & settings
Macrium Reflect Free
Device backup schedule
Computer specifications
Alienware Aurora R5:
  • CPU: 4GHz Intel Core i7-6700K
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4 RAM (2,133MHz)
  • Storage: 256GB PCIe SSD, 2TB HDD (7,200RPM)
Device activity usage
  1. Computer games
  2. Financial and sensitive documents
  3. Generic web browsing
  4. Shared among other family members
  5. Working from home

BigZ

Level 1
Apr 15, 2018
5
Hi All,

This is my new security setup for 2020.

Although I'm currently running Windows Defender Antivirus and Malwarebytes Premium 4.1.0 in real-time, I'm debating whether to switch to Sophos Home Premium as I obtained a 3-year license. I'm not sure which would provide better protection for my computer.

I look forward to any comments or suggestions.

Thanks,
BigZ
 

Spawn

Administrator
Verified
Staff member
Jan 8, 2011
20,681
I highly recommend using Windows Hello PIN to protect your Password. Your Hello PIN never leaves your device.
Learn more: https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/4468253/windows-10-sign-in-options-and-privacy

Requirements:
  • Link user account to your Microsoft Account
Other benefits:
  • Activates your Windows 10 Digital Entitlement License to your Microsoft Account. Never need to search for a product key again. Learn more.
  • Use Hello PIN for logging into other Microsoft services in the browser, further protecting your Password. Learn more.
  • Use OneDrive for Backups, Files On Demand and Ransomware Protection. Learn more. And get more protection with Microsoft 365 (previously Office 365). Learn more.
 
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geminis3

Level 18
Verified
Malware Tester
Sep 10, 2015
853
Good config, consider using Bitwarden or another password manager instead of paper :)
Edit: about Sophos, it is a heavy AV and I wouldn't recommend running MBAM alongside unless you want to transform your gaming rig into a potato 😆
 
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harlan4096

Moderator
Verified
Staff member
Malware Hunter
Apr 28, 2015
6,950
@BigZ:

I would keep MBAM only for on demand scans and will use Hard_Configurator (@Andy Ful) to harden Windows Defender.

In Data BackUp, consider also to run manual backups of important data to external devices.

A PassWord Manager would be welcome also.

Please kindly reflect Your changes editing Your config, and announcing them here, thanks for sharing :)
 
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