Advanced Plus Security Divine Barakah's Laptop Security Config 2021

Last updated
May 2, 2021
Use case
Private use
Desktop OS
Windows 10
Device encryption
Login unlock
    • Passwordless (PIN or Biometrics)
OS updates
Allow security updates
User Access Control
Always notify
Smart App Control
WiFi network security
Malware protection
Kaspersky Total Security 21.3.10.391(b)
Firewall protection
Other firewall software (3rd-party vendor)
Custom security info
- Trust group for applications that could not be added to existing groups (Untrusted).
- Trust group for applications started before startup of Kaspersky Total Security (High restricted).
- Trust digitally signed applications (unticked).
- Disabled Anti Banner.
Periodic scanners
ADW Cleaner
Malware samples
I do not participate in malware testing.
Default browser / extensions
Browsers
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Firefox
  • Vivaldi
Extensions
IDM
  • Mendeley
Secure DNS
Cloudflare DNS over HTTPS using Adguard Desktop.
VPN
BULLETVPN
Password manager
Kaspersky Password Manager.
Security keys
Maintenance tools
Revo Uninstaller Pro Portable
Personal backup
Koofr & Microsoft One Drive
Backup frequency
Automatic
Recovery backup
AOMEI Backupper Pro
Recovery plan integrity
Risk factors
    • Working from home
    • Browsing to popular websites
    • Opening email attachments
    • Buying from online stores, entering banks card details
    • Logging into my bank account
    • Downloading software and files from reputable sites
    • Streaming audio/video content from shady sites
Computer specs
  • Acer Aspire ES1-572-586C
  • Intel Core i5-7200U
  • Intel HD graphics 620
  • Adata 8 GBs RAM
  • Adata Ultimate SU630 480 GBs SSD
Feedback response

Critical feedback appreciated. If applicable, looking to make major changes.

Gandalf_The_Grey

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@security123 @Gandalf_The_Grey I installed Brave without admin rights, so is this a security risk? I mean what are the possible scenarios I might run into?
Probably nothing.
It's the same when i try to install software on my work laptop where I have no admin rights, it will be installed only for the current user.
So no problem if you are the only user of your system.
 

Gandalf_The_Grey

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I created a local standard account which I use it to run Office and Mendeley and nothing else. I did not want Brave to be installed there. I wonder if I can install Firefox per user too. Thank btw for answering my questions.
You're welcome, always happy if I can help :D
I think you can do that also for Firefox, just deny admin rights.
There are programs that will fail to install without admin rights there you have no choice.
 

Cortex

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I really love Brave, racked the shields up to max, I no longer use AdGuard for Windows which gives me the the full speed I pay for - Anti-Tracker with IVPN few problems & PC runs great - It ought to be law to use Brave :)
 

Divine_Barakah

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I really love Brave, racked the shields up to max, I no longer use AdGuard for Windows which gives me the the full speed I pay for - Anti-Tracker with IVPN few problems & PC runs great - It ought to be law to use Brave :)
Will I am afraid to install Adguard next to AVG as this might some issues and I really do not have time to deal with issues now.
 

Cortex

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Will I am afraid to install Adguard next to AVG as this might some issues and I really do not have time to deal with issues now.
The issues I've always had with AdGuard for windows is a cut in internet speed that really is it - all But I really like the speed i pay for but that's just me, & Brave shields do a pretty good job as far as I'm concerned - I feel that's just me but not overly convinced AdGuard for Windows does all they say (prepared for flaming)
 

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oldschool

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silversurfer

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I installed Brave without admin rights, so is this a security risk? I mean what are the possible scenarios I might run into?

System space (folders of program files, Windows folder.) is protected by UAC, malware haven't easily access to this area of the system, especially if your are using SUA (Standard User Account) instead of admin account.

User space isn't protected by UAC, it's system area like C:\Users\username\AppData\Local there usually the payloads are spawned/dropped by malware.

Conclusion: for security reasons it's always recommended to install your browsers into C:\Program Files
 

Divine_Barakah

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Changes:

1- Installed Trend Micro Maximum Security
2- Replaced SoftMaker Office Universal NX (I really like it but, unfortunately, it does not suppot RTL languages) with Microsoft Office.
3- Enabled Adguard DNS
 

Divine_Barakah

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Recent changes:

- Installed Bullguard Internet Security
- Replaced Mendeley with Zotero
- Started using Revo Uninstaller Pro
- Replaced Enpass with Sticky Password.

Sticky Password is working on a "big feature", as they described it and I am wondering what that would be. Anyway, SP now officially supports Brave Browser. I only wish if it has in-built OTP generator. I might start using Authy or FREEOTP. Any thoughts on this?
 

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