SECURITY: Complete DDE_Server Security Config 2021

Last updated
Dec 12, 2020
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Personal, primary device
Desktop OS
Windows 10
Login security
    • Password (Aa-Zz, 0-9, Symbols)
Primary sign-in
Local account
Primary user
Standard user - Limited permissions
Security updates
Automatic - allow all types of updates
Windows UAC
Maximum - always notify
Real-time protection
Kaspersky cloud free
Vodooshield in smart mode
Software firewall
Microsoft Defender Firewall
Custom RTP, Firewall and OS settings
1. Auto play and Auto run is disabled via GPE
2.standard account is used in default tasks (administrator for installing new software which require elevated privileges).
Malware testing
No malware samples
Periodic security scanners
Emsisoft on dmand scanner
Norton Power Eraser
Malwarebute free
Browsers, Search and Addons
Google Chrome
Netcraft
Malwarebyes browser guard
Adguard (installed through Desktop application)
HTTPs Everywhere
Maintenance and Cleaning
Wise Disk Cleaner
Personal Files & Photos backup
manually copy them to synchronized Google Drive Folder when needed
Personal backup routine
Device recovery & backup
AOEMI Backupper Pro
Device backup routine
PC activity
  1. Browsing the web. 
  2. Emails. 
  3. Shopping. 
  4. Banking. 
  5. File sharing and torrents. 
  6. Streaming. 
Computer specs
HP probook 4540s Laptop
Core I5
8 Giga RAM
SSD 128 GB as primary Storage for Windows and installed apps
HDD 2 TB as secondary storage for storing different Files and Folders
Personal changelog
Removed
  • Malwarebyte "causing many BSOD after latest updates"
  • removed Emsisoft addons "other addons are enough"

Added
  • kaspersky cloud free

Soulbound

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Jan 14, 2015
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I hope you don't use adguard and ublock at same time since they can overlap and cause issues.

I have both as well but I only switch to adguard when ublock breaks a website.

No need for both emsisoft and malwarebytes extensions. Emsisoft is enough.

That's my recommendations
 

DDE_Server

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Sep 5, 2017
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I hope you don't use adguard and ublock at same time since they can overlap and cause issues.

I have both as well but I only switch to adguard when ublock breaks a website.

No need for both emsisoft and malwarebytes extensions. Emsisoft is enough.

That's my recommendations
i agree with you in case of ublock i am thinking to remove it as ad guard is enough also it has the ability to add filters which is used by ublock
but for malwarebyte i think it has one advantage over other protection extension as it has scam support protection
 

Gandalf_The_Grey

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Apr 24, 2016
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I don't think Netcraft and Malwarebyes browser guard are needed with Kaspersky cloud free.
Just an adblocker, a password manager and Kaspersky's own extension is enough.
Kaspersky cloud free has (one of) the best browsing protection there is.
 

DDE_Server

Level 22
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Sep 5, 2017
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I don't think Netcraft and Malwarebyes browser guard are needed with Kaspersky cloud free.
Kaspersky cloud free has (one of) the best browsing protection there is.
Malware guard strong against fake technical support website scamware also kaspersky free addons doesn't have private browsing or Anti banner so hope this addons complement them. Also netcraft has very large phishing website database.
 
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ForgottenSeer 85179

DDE_Server

did you visit so many untrustworthy sites that you need such protection?
I read so often here about Netcraft, Kaspersky, MalwareBytes, .. extension(s) but MT members know about the dangers on the web and have secured their system more than necessary. So why even more (overkill) protection(s) ? Remember that browser extensions are a attack surface and privacy risk too.

I don't say that these extensions are useless and very appreciate the analyse about but i always wonder to which level of protection MT member go / what their thread model is.
 

DDE_Server

Level 22
Verified
Sep 5, 2017
1,095

DDE_Server

did you visit so many untrustworthy sites that you need such protection?
I read so often here about Netcraft, Kaspersky, MalwareBytes, .. extension(s) but MT members know about the dangers on the web and have secured their system more than necessary. So why even more (overkill) protection(s) ? Remember that browser extensions are a attack surface and privacy risk too.

I don't say that these extensions are useless and very appreciate the analyse about but i always wonder to which level of protection MT member go / what their thread model is.
yes you are right they may be redundant and somehow overkill however they cover many aspects of protection and complement each other
yes it may increase the attack surface from vulnerability management point of view but it is considered as defense in depth with multilayered approach "if one fails,
the other one covers" this may degrade the browsing performance little but be more secure on the other hand
replying to your question is no i am not visiting risky website , however phishing attacks using fake website is a great weakness in any AV protection, so i try decrease this possibility as much as i can using these extensions :)
 
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