Advanced Security ipetcats Security Configuration 2022

Last updated
Aug 6, 2022
Use case
Private use
Desktop OS
Windows 10
Device encryption
Login unlock
OS updates
Allow security updates
User Access Control
Always notify
Smart App Control
WiFi network security
Malware protection
Microsoft Defender antivirus
Enabled additional built-in protection
Firewall protection
Microsoft Defender Firewall for Windows 11 / 10
Custom security info
I enabled the following additional protections built into Windows 10 Pro:
  • Controlled folder access
  • All reputation-based protection
  • Microsoft Defender Application Guard
  • All exploit protection
  • Memory integrity
  • Strict enhanced security (for Edge)
  • BitLocker
Periodic scanners
Malwarebytes Free
Malware samples
I do not participate in malware testing.
Default browser / extensions
Edge using DuckDuckGo: uBlock Origin, Strict tracking prevention, Strict enhanced security
Firefox using Brave Search: uBlock Origin, Multi-Account Containers, Strict Enhanced Tracking Protection
Secure DNS
Quad9
VPN
Mullvad
Password manager
Bitwarden
Security keys
Maintenance tools
BleachBit
Personal backup
MEGA and Sync, will be moving to Proton Drive when viable
Backup frequency
Manual
Recovery backup
None (looking for privacy-respecting options, preferably FOSS if possible)
Recovery plan integrity
No recovery plan
Risk factors
    • Working from home
    • Browsing to popular websites
    • Browsing to unknown / untrusted / shady sites
    • Opening email attachments
    • Buying from online stores, entering banks card details
    • Logging into my bank account
    • Downloading software and files from reputable sites
    • Sharing and receiving files and torrents
    • Gaming
Notable changes
2022/08/07: Enabled BitLocker and started using MBAM Free
Feedback response

Moderate feedback appreciated. If applicable, looking to make some major or minor changes.

iPetCats

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Thread author
Aug 6, 2022
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I'm aiming to achieve a security configuration which doesn't use (or at the very least makes minimal use of) third-party applications. More specifically I want to avoid any additional proprietary software, especially proprietary software which collects data to share/sell. I'm totally open to recommendations for how I can improve my security configuration, just keep in mind that I value software freedom and privacy, and I'm primarily looking to only add on privacy-respecting FOSS applications.
 
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iPetCats

New Member
Thread author
Aug 6, 2022
4
Then uninstall Windows 10 directly 😁

In Device recovery & backup, You may install Macrium Reflect Free.

Thanks for sharing :)
Heh, fair point. Although in my defense, there are certain applications I need to use which aren't available or optimized for Linux- which I why I still use Windows on my main PC. I'll look into adding Macrium Reflect though!
 
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