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Get started – PC Security Config

VERSION 1.0 IN 2011
VERSION 2.0 IN 2014
VERSION 2.5 IN 2015
VERSION 3.0 IN 2016
VERSION 3.1 IN 2017
VERSION 2018 FOR 2018
VERSION 2019 FOR 2019
VERSION 2020 FOR 2020
VERSION 21 FOR 2021
VERSION 22 for 2022


What is the Computer Security Configuration sub-forum for?

Under the Configuration Wizard, members of the forum can share their PC Configurations. Other members can leave feedback or make suggestions.
For a new members, new threads posted here will require approval by the moderation team. It may show as [Unverified] until fully reviewed by a human moderator.
Currently @harlan4096 is our Configuration Wizard moderator for PC and Mobile, and they will select the most suitable prefix from one of the following [Danger], [At-Risk], [Basic Security], [Advanced Security] or [Advanced Plus Security].


Important

  • We request that all members only share their PC security setups in this sub-forum [Configuration Wizard > Computer Security Configuration].
  • We urge that members update their Edit existing threads rather than creating a new thread. The custom forms allow you to include a changelog.
  • [Removed December 2022] - EOY - All threads created in that year are archived.
  • [Added December 2022] - We will no longer archive the past years topics. Meaning all members can continue updating their 2022 threads into 2023 and so on.
  • [Added December 2022] - If you want to create a new thread for a fresh start, you can use the Report function explaining this.

How to name your config thread?

  • We recommend using the following naming scheme: "Username's PC Config 202x" (where x = 2, 3 etc.)



Last updated: December 2022
 
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Changelog – January 2nd, 2021 Update

  • New: Activity Usage
  • New: Request level of feedback
  • New: Users can now link their own Computer & Mobile configurations to their Profile. An icon will appear once successful. Learn more.
  • Various improvements

Changelog – January 26th, 2021 Update

  • New: "Network firewall" for hardware-based firewalls (form).
  • Various misc. improvements.


 

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Changelog – February 4th, 2021 Update

  • Re-organised structure of forms. No action required.
  • Various misc. improvements (field titles, form descriptions).
Known issues:
  • Re-structure affects some forms in the Mobile Security Configuration.
 

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Changelog – February 8th, 2021 Update

  • New: Optional "Linux distro" for Linux users (form). Thanks to @Overkill
  • New: "Browse the Dark Web" for PC activity and simplified a few of the choices.
Known issues:
  • Re-structure affects some forms in the Mobile Security Configuration.
 

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Changelog – September 2022 Update

  • New: Re-written forms for Use case***, Feedback response*** and Recovery plan***
  • New: Some descriptions now display recommendations from official documentation*
  • Updated: Always-on Protection** replaces "Real-time Protection".
  • Updated: Several forms were updated.
  • Updated: Few forms including "DNS" and "VPN" are now optional.
  • Fixed: "Network Firewall" now displays the correct choices***
  • Fixed: Multi-checkbox lists now appear properly.

Assistance
  • If you see [Mod: depreciated - please choose another option] this means the option has not been removed, but should be changed to something else.


References
* source based from [Microsoft Docs]
** these changes may be reverted
*** these changes may affect current choices - recommended that you review the changes.
 
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Changelog – December 2022 Update

  • New: Added ‘Device encryption’, ’Smart App Control’, ’Security keys’.
  • New: Removed ’Shared with’, ’Sign-in with’, ‘Primary user’, ‘Additional users’ which are all covered by the first question.
  • Updated: Reverted 'Aways-on Protection' to 'Malware Protection’.
  • Updated: ’Network Firewall’ is now ’Network router’ with different choices.
  • Other: Misc. changes to descriptions and links.
 
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Important — December 2022 Update

  • We request that all members only share their PC security setups in this sub-forum [Configuration Wizard > Computer Security Configuration].
  • We urge that members update their Edit existing threads rather than creating a new thread. The custom forms allow you to include a changelog.
  • [Removed December 2022] - EOY - All threads created in that year are archived.
  • [Added December 2022] - We will no longer archive the past years topics. Meaning all members can continue updating their 2022 threads into 2023 and so on.
  • [Added December 2022] - If you want to create a new thread for a fresh start, you can use the Report function explaining this.

How to name your config thread?

  • We recommend using the following naming scheme: "Username's PC Config 202x" (where x = 2, 3 etc.)
 

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Changelog – January 2023 Update

  • Newly added:
    • 'WiFi router info' - For users who know the make/model of their wireless router and want to share additional details. (Optional)
    • 'Other browsers / extensions' - All other browsers that are not the default, not used as often or cannot be disabled. (Optional)
  • Updated titles:
    • ’WiFi network security’ replaces 'Network router'
    • 'Default browser / extensions' replaces 'Browsers'
  • Recently removed:
    • n/a
  • Other:
    • Misc. changes to descriptions and web formatting.
 

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Changelog – May 2023 Update

  • Newly added:
    • Form: ‘Environment for malware testing' - For those participating in malware testing, now they can share the test environment details. Non-testers can input N/A to void.
    • Form: ‘Update channels' - For those who install beta OS updates. (Optional).
    • Option: ‘Firewall part of an Internet security suite’. - For those using a firewall part of an Internet security suite.
    • Option: ‘Other 3rd-party standalone firewall’ - For those using a separate firewall that is not part of the OS or Internet security suite.
  • Recently removed:
  • Other:
    • Various changes to titles and description details.
 
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