Latest Changes
Jan 1, 2019
Operating System
Windows 10
Windows Edition
Home
Build
1809 (October 2018 Update)
System Architecture
64-bit OS
Security Updates
Automatic Updates - All security and feature updates
User Access Control
Always Notify
Firewall
Windows Firewall - Network security provided by Microsoft
Device Security
Windows Defender SmartScreen (Windows 10)
User Account
Administrator - User has complete control over the device
Recent Security Incidents
No malware or privacy issues
Malware Testing
None - No Malware on host PC or VM
Real-time Web & Malware Protection
Windows Defender
NVT SysHardener
Custom Settings For Real-Time Protection
Custom - Minor changes for Increased Security
Custom Settings For Real-Time Protection Details
Windows Defender - defaults + pup protection
NVT SysHardener - defaults + most powershell actions blocked + office outbound connections allowed
Virus and Malware Removal Tools
Zemana Portable
Browsers and Extensions
Opera (built-in adblocker)
Edge (Nano Adblocker)
Web Privacy
Browser content filtering (defaults+fanboy's problematic/cookies/regional)
Neustar UltraDNS (threat protection)
Password Management
Opera's (regular sites); pen and paper (email, social media)
Default Web Search
Google
System Utilities
Windows Disk Cleaner
VirusTotal context menu uploader
Data Backup
OneDrive (ransomware protection)
Frequency of Data backups
Always-on Sync
System Backup
Macrium Reflect Free
Frequency of System backups
Regularly
Computer Activity
Gaming
Browsing Internet and email
Office and work related tasks
Video or photography editing
Computer Specifications
MSI PS42 Modern 8RC
Intel® Core™ i7-8550U Quad-Core, 1.80 GHz (Turbo up to 4.00 GHz), 8 MB Cache
GeForce® GTX 1050 (Max-Q), 4GB GDDR5
M.2 SSD Combo slot (NVMe PCIe Gen3), 512 GB
DDR4-2400 RAM, 16 GB

brod56

Level 15
Verified
MAIN GOALS
- Simplicity - I hate to see clutter, I try to keep things as minimalistic as possible.
- Zero cost - Spending money on security suites is not my thing.

ADVISES FOR ADOPTERS
- Check downloaded files in VirusTotal before running them
- Be careful with email links
- Avoid pirated software
 
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brod56

Level 15
Verified
UPDATE (01/01/2019)
- Removed Andy Ful's Configure Defender - most important WD tweaks were performed manually via Powershell
- Added Controlled Folder Access - took some time to exclude my favorite programs and add another layer of security
- Switched to Opera's native adblocker - fastest solution, good enough
 

brod56

Level 15
Verified
UPDATE (04/01/2019)
- Added device specs, use purposes
- Simplified main post
- Disabled WD Network protection (Neustar+Google Safe Browsing filterings are perfectly enough)
- Disabled WD Controlled Folder Access (a good idea with bad execution, seeing Windows built-in tools like Notepad or System32 processes being blocked is just too much)
- Added VT context menu uploader for convenience
 

Moonhorse

Level 24
Content Creator
Verified
MAIN GOALS
- Simplicity - I hate to see clutter, I try to keep things as minimalistic as possible.
I kind of want to adopt this style aswell, i have improved alot......but youre superman since you can keep rocking opera with built in adblocker (y)

ADVISES FOR ADOPTERS
- Check downloaded files in VirusTotal before running them
- Be careful with email links
- Avoid pirated software
Simple and effective
 

brod56

Level 15
Verified
I kind of want to adopt this style aswell, i have improved alot......but youre superman since you can keep rocking opera with built in adblocker (y)
Yeah, I was only using uBlock Origin, and while it's objectively a better blocker, it's not as fast as the built-in one.
With Opera, I reached my goal of running no extensions, while having a enjoyable web experience and fine security.