Advanced Plus Security gordonshumway laptop config 2021

Last updated
Dec 14, 2021
How it's used?
For home and private use
Windows 11
On-device encryption
Log-in security
    • Biometrics (Windows Hello PIN, TouchID, Face, Iris, Fingerprint)
Security updates
Allow security updates and latest features
Windows UAC
Always notify
Windows 11 SAC
Network firewall
Real-time security
Microsoft Defender
Firewall security
Microsoft Defender Firewall
About custom security
For Microsoft Defender I'm using ConfigueDefender with "INTERACTIVE" setting
For the Windows firewall I'm using FirewallHardening with "Recommended H_C" setting
For Windows itself I'm using Hard_Configurator with "Basic_Recommended_Settings"
Periodic malware scanners
Hitman Pro, Malwarebytes Free
Malware sample testing
I do not participate in malware testing
Browser(s) and extensions
Microsoft Edge, Google search. Only 2 add-ons currently, uBlock Origin and Bitwarden
Secure DNS
Desktop VPN
ProtonVPN free
Password manager
Maintenance tools
SUMo for updates otherwise I just run the inbuilt disk cleaner once in a while to delete temp files etc
File and Photo backup
System recovery
System image to external USB once a month, stored disconnected. Use "Windows 7 Backup and Restore Tool" (its included in Windows 11 and 10, has Windows 7 in the name)
Risk factors
    • Browsing to popular websites
    • Opening email attachments
    • Buying from online stores, entering banks card details
    • Logging into my bank account
    • Streaming audio/video content from shady sites
Computer specs
Dell Latitude 2019. Intel CPU, Intel GPU. 16GB RAM. 512GB SSD.
What I'm looking for?

Looking for medium feedback.


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Thread author
Dec 14, 2021
A Full Image System backup solution would be welcome in Device recovery & backup ;)

Macrifum Free or AOMEI BackUpper are free and reliable...
Many thanks for the suggestion. I'm happy using the inbuilt "Windows 7" style backup in Windows 11. This includes the option for a System Image. I only connect the Backup drive to do the backup then disconnect

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