Thanks for your input, everyone!Nothing wrong with Windows Defender if you like it and it's meeting your needs. It has improved a lot from a security standpoint, but its not perfect. No product is perfect. If you want to increase your security a little more you can use Configure Defender to get the most out of Windows Defender. You can still add the likes of Voodooshield or OSArmor if you wanted to cover some areas that WD may not cover.
If anything my suggestions would be to add a password manager of some sort, as well as a backup solution. Most importantly ensuing that all of your personal data is backed up regularly. You can also add something to make a system image to help you get back up and running quicker, in the event you need to install Windows, but if you are comfortable using the standard Windows installer, that's good too.
Remember to always practice safe habits regardless of your security programs/setup. As I've already mentioned no product/setup is perfect and will eventually fail you if you practice unsafe habits.
That's very fair!Thanks for your input, everyone!
So far WD's been sufficient; it comes with Windows 10 and doesn't use too much resources, but I was considering to either replace or complement it with something, will have to see which I'll end up with.
Password manager would be pretty good addition and I'll have to see about that tomorrow.
And lastly, the back ups. So far I've only "backed up" stuff to my external to keep it from bloating my system/when reinstalling/transferring from one machine to another, but then again, there's not much personal stuff on my computer I'd miss in the event of having to nuke it. I mostly use my PC for gaming, which means most of the stuff I "need" can just be re-downloaded and I'm good to go, and a USB stick with Windows 10 installation media has worked so far; just means having to download the useful apps afterwards. Then there's some personal projects I work on, but those have so far been small scale and everything can be recreated. If anything regarding my computer usage changes though, I'll have to seriously consider adding some sort of back up -program to the list but I've been pretty happy with what I've had so far.
@oldschool No, I don't think I have hardened my OS, even the term doesn't ring a bell.
You are very lucky. Restore usually works but I run into issues with backing up especially scheduled backups. In my experience unless the computer is turned on and you are actively using it, it won't run the scheduled task and for some reason using VSS for backup is not playing along with my setup it just slows my PC down until it freezes completely :/So either you have issues or i'm extremely lucky, I used it since years, did hundreds of restores, it never failed me.
Sure it is slow but compatibility overweight it.
Maybe why...You are very lucky. Restore usually works but I run into issues with backing up especially scheduled backups. In my experience unless the computer is turned on and you are actively using it, it won't run the scheduled task and for some reason using VSS for backup is not playing along with my setup it just slows my PC down until it freezes completely :/
VoodooShield is a really good software, don't remove WD if you like it. It has improved a lot with the latest versions and it is very lightAlright, so made some changes today according to suggestions received on this thread.
-ConfigureDefender for OS hardening
-LastPass for password protection
-VoodooShield for internet security
-Changed account type from admin to standard user
Will probably run with this for now, maybe consider ditching WD for some other AV in the future.
And once again, many thanks to everyone for your helpful suggestions!
Yeah, WD has improved a lot, but since I have no "special relationship" with it, thought about giving other AV's a shot at some point, just to see if there's one I like.VoodooShield is a really good software, don't remove WD if you like it. It has improved a lot with the latest versions and it is very light