SECURE Danielx64's 2018 security configuration

Discussion in 'PC Security Configuration' started by Danielx64, Dec 30, 2017.

  1. Danielx64

    Danielx64 Level 8

    Mar 24, 2017
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    1,692
    Australia
    Windows 10
    ESET
    Most recent changes:
    24/10/2017
    Operating System:
    • Windows 10
    OS Edition:
    Pro
    OS Build:
    Fall Creators Update
    OS Architecture:
    64-bit
    User Access Control:
    Always Notfiy
    Firewall:
    Windows Firewall
    OS Security Updates:
    Check for Updates, but do not auto-download or install
    OS File Reputation:
    • SmartScreen for Windows 10
    Type of User Account:
    Local Account
    Recent Malware Attacks:
    No
    Testing AV's with Malware Samples:
    No
    Real-time Malware Protection:
    ESET Internet Security, Adguard
    On-demand Scanners:
    Malwarebytes
    Security Product Settings:
    Default
    Browsers and Extensions:
    Firefox portable
    Preferred Search Engine:
    Google
    Password Manager:
    Sticky Password
    Content Blocker (Ads, Scripts, Trackers):
    Adguard Pro (system-wide install), Adguard's DNS
    Frequently used System Utilities:
    CCleaner, Windows Firewall Control, O&O Shutup10
    Frequency of Data Backups:
    Weekly Backups
    Data Backup Software:
    Manual copy and paste of changed files, currently testing out O&O AutoBackup 6 Pro as well.
    Frequency of System Image Backups:
    Manual / On-demand Backups
    System Image Backup Software:
    I rebuild my machine from the ground up all the time although I do have O&O DiskImage 12 Pro just in case I want to make an image before trying out something (although most of the time it's done in a VM).
    Machine Specs:
    https://malwaretips.com/threads/danielx64s-computer.69934/
    My firewall is set so that nothing can access the net unless I allow it to go through.

    Also with "OS Security Updates" I download the updates from work and then install then on my machine at home.
     
  2. n0k0m3

    n0k0m3 Level 1

    May 29, 2017
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    Windows 10
    ESET
    Reconfig your ESET for better HIPS and Firewall
    ESET Internet Security - Ransomware Protection Setup
    ESET Internet Security 10 : Recommended settings
    Instead of setting HIPS to interactive, Smart mode is enough for normal safe usage.

    Add AOMEI or Rollback Rx to your setup will make rebuilding machine and backup much less of a hassle (especially Rollback Rx because it saved my arse more than once per month)

    Also add more 2nd opinion scanner. It doesn't hurt to have more of those (EEK, HitmanPro, Zemana)
     
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  3. bribon77

    bribon77 Level 11

    Jul 6, 2017
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    3,467
    spain
    Windows 7
    Emsisoft
    One suggestion, you could, use Zam and EEk for scans. Thanks for sharing!:)
     
  4. MatrixArmour

    MatrixArmour Level 1

    Dec 30, 2017
    10
    41
    India
    Windows 7
    Microsoft
    One suggestion, you could use Macrium reflect for backup instead of O&O DiskImage 12 Pro because Macrium reflect is very fast and reliable.
     
  5. JM Security

    JM Security Level 28
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    Apr 12, 2015
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    Add ZAM Free.

    Add HTTPS Everywhere.

    Follow suggestions about backups, it is important also in case of infection.

    Thanks for sharing.
     
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  6. Exterminator

    Exterminator Super Moderator
    Staff Member

    Oct 23, 2012
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    Kaspersky
    Regular system backups is a good practice.
    Consider an additional on demand scanner.
    Consider HTTPS Everywhere in Firefox.
    Thanks for sharing your config and have a healthy and happy 2018 :)
     
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  7. harlan4096

    harlan4096 Moderator
    Staff Member AV Tester

    Apr 28, 2015
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    Almería (Spain)
    Windows 10
    Kaspersky
    @Danielx64: follow already mentioned suggestions about backup practices... You may keep O&O DiskImage 12 Pro but making regular backups of Your system.

    About on demands scanners, consider to add ZAM Free, Norton Power Eraser and EmsiSoft Emergency Kit.

    Thanks for sharing :)
     
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  8. Danielx64

    Danielx64 Level 8

    Mar 24, 2017
    396
    1,692
    Australia
    Windows 10
    ESET
    @harlan4096 and @Exterminator, could you please tell me why this topic is marked as caution while my other one is marked as secure?

    SECURE - Danielx64's security configuration

    While I could switch to Macrium, I rather not put $$ down the drain after spending good money on a bundle. Thank you for the seggestion though :) (One good thing about O&O is that there is no product activation in their software unlike AOMEI or Rollback Rx).

    Regarding HTTPS Everywhere, does it make much of a different when most sites are on HTTPS nowdays?

    I'll look at adding a second on demand scanner, but that may be a boot USB though.
     
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  9. harlan4096

    harlan4096 Moderator
    Staff Member AV Tester

    Apr 28, 2015
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    @Danielx64: I usually tag temporally as Caution in general some config when: no SmartSrceen enabled or no image system backup solution in system (making frequent backups)...

    You have O&O DiskImage 12 Pro, but running weekly or monthly image backups of the system?

    In general Your config is secure :)
     
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  10. Danielx64

    Danielx64 Level 8

    Mar 24, 2017
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    When I'm installing majour software (software that install dirvers deep into the system or software large like Office) or when installing updates via msu files then I will make a backup. So that once per month if not every 2 months. I store my data on a different drive as well.

    Thank you for the head up :)
     
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