Advanced Plus Security DJPanda's 2021 Security Configuration

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Jun 18, 2021
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Personal, primary device
Additional PC users
Not shared with other users
Desktop OS
Windows 10
OS edition
Home
Login security
    • Password-less (PIN, Biometric, Face)
    • Password (Aa-Zz, 0-9, Symbols)
Primary sign-in
Local account
Primary user
Standard user - Limited permissions
Other users
Other accounts are Standard users
Security updates
Automatic - allow all types of updates
Windows UAC
Maximum - always notify
Network firewall
ISP-issued router
Real-time protection
Windows Defender
Software firewall
Microsoft Defender Firewall
Custom RTP, Firewall and OS settings
Windows Security - Download and Opening apps both set to Block
AndyFulConfig Defender - High settings
Malware testing
No malware samples
Periodic security scanners
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium (Lifetime)
Secure DNS
AdGuard
VPN
None
Password manager
Bitwarden
Browsers, Search and Addons
Firefox (Primary)
* Bitwarden
*AdGuard Browser Assistant
*Free Download Manager
*SponserBlock
Maintenance and Cleaning
BleachBit
Personal Files & Photos backup
MEGA
Google Drive
Dropbox
PCloud
1TB External HD
Personal backup routine
Automatic (scheduled)
Device recovery & backup
Windows Recovery
Macrium Reflect (rarely)
Device backup routine
Manual (maintained by self)
PC activity
  1. Browsing the web. 
  2. Browsing to unknown sites. 
  3. Emails. 
  4. Downloading software. 
  5. File sharing and torrents. 
  6. PC and cloud gaming. 
  7. Multimedia. 
  8. Streaming. 
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Gandalf_The_Grey

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Hello everyone,

Here is my 2021 config, Not much has changed, though I did buy and are currently using AdGuard. Any feedback would be appreciated,

Thanks! :)
If you are using AdGuard I don't think you should also use uBlock Origin. One adblocker should be enough.
Maybe you can have a look at Simple Windows Hardening also from @Andy Ful to harden your system:
 

DJ Panda

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Yeah, thanks. I think the reason why I had added UBlock was that AdGuard either broke a site or didn't start. At one point WD refused to update AdGuard as well. I'll see if hard config works.
 

Gandalf_The_Grey

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Hey, I have a personal question: is Ublock Origin better than AdGuard(system-wide) on Windows if you have Chrome as primary.?:unsure:
This is of course also personal. Both are great and AdGuard is system wide, but I prefer no root certificate and the better speed and more info what's connected plus the advanced blocking modes from uBlock Origin. IMO AdGuard is more set and forget and uBlock Origin more for people who want to tinker and get the most speed out of things. System wide adblocking can also (partly) be accomplished by using an adblocking DNS server.
 
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SecureKongo

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Thanks for answering @Gandalf_The_Grey, I will stick with Adguard because it suits my needs right now, but I also have Adguard DNS filtering, is that OK, this is both on Windows & Android? o_O
If you use the Windows version you don't need to set Adguard DNS as DNS provider, as it blocks ads systemwide anyway. If you want to get ads blocked across multiple devices, you could set Adguard DNS on a router level and take another DNS provider like Cloudflare or Quad9 in the Adguard Windows app.
 

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What would you guys recommend privacy wise? Are Privacy Possum or HTTPS Everywhere good? Any other suggestions?
Privacy Possum is outdated and HTTPS Everywhere is redundant as it got integrated into Firefox pretty recently. (You can find HTTPS-Only-Mode in the privacy settings)
Just use the built in tracking protection and set it to strict and maybe add LocalCDN or Decentraleyes. More "privacy" addons won't make you more private. :)
 

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Thanks for answering @Gandalf_The_Grey, I will stick with Adguard because it suits my needs right now, but I also have Adguard DNS filtering, is that OK, this is both on Windows & Android? o_O
Yes, if it works for you its ok to use AdGuard DNS filtering on Windows and Android. I have it on Android because of the new the new DNS-over-QUIC protocol. On iOS and iPadOS you need it for systemwide adblocking.
 

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