Advanced Plus Security Kongo's Computer Security Config 2024

Last updated
Feb 17, 2024
How it's used?
For home and private use
Operating system
Windows 11
On-device encryption
BitLocker Device Encryption for Windows
Log-in security
    • Basic account password (insecure)
Security updates
Allow security updates and latest features
Update channels
Allow stable updates only
User Access Control
Always notify
Smart App Control
On
Network firewall
Enabled
About WiFi router
- Speedport Smart 4
- Firewalla Blue +
Real-time security
Deep Instinct Endpoint Protection
Firewall security
Microsoft Defender Firewall
About custom security

Hardening tools:
- Firewall Hardening (blocking outbound connections of LOLBins)
- Run by SmartScreen (forces SmartScreen to scan files of choice)

- STOP/DJVU Ransomware Vaccine (immunizes system against this type of ransomware)
- O&O ShutUp10 (recommended settings)
- O&O AppBuster (removed unecessary Windows 11 apps)
- Windows Sandbox



System settings:
- Microsoft Defender running in sandbox (inactive)
- Reputation Based Protections (all modules enabled)
- Smart App Control enabled

- Data Execution Prevention set to AlwaysOn
- Core Isolation: Memory Integrity enabled
-
Kernel-mode Hardware-enforced Stack Protection enabled
- Secure Boot enabled
- Drives encrypted via TPM (BitLocker)
- Windows Update Delivery Optimization disabled
- AutoPlay disabled
- Network Discovery disabled (Public Firewall profile)
- PowerShell --> Constrained Language Mode
- Hide extensions for known file types --> disabled
- Show hidden files --> enabled

- Virtualization enabled (allows Application Sandboxing)
- Custom Exploit Protection Settings for Firefox:
Code:
Block low integrity images - ON
Block remote images - ON
Block untrusted fonts - ON
Control flow guard (CFG) - ON
Data execution prevention (DEP) - ON + Enable thunk emulation - CHECKED
Disable extension points - ON
Force randomization for images (Mandatory ASLR) - ON + Do not allow stripped images - CHECKED
Randomize memory allocations (Bottom-up ASLR) - ON
Validate exception chains (SEHOP) - ON
Validate handle usage - ON
Validate heap integrity - ON
Validate image dependency integrity - ON

Thanks to @oldschool for sharing! :)

ㅤㅤㅤHardware Firewall (Firewalla Blue Plus):
- Active Protect (Strict)
- Ad Block (Strict)
- OISD blocklist enabled in Firewalla
- New Device Quarantine (restricted internet access for newly connected devices)

- Geo-IP Filtering (blocking connections from and to Russian + Chinese IPs)
- Unbound DNS enabled for all devices
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Periodic malware scanners
Norton Power Eraser, X-Sec and AdwCleaner
Malware sample testing
I do participate in malware testing. See details about my testing environment below.
Environment for malware testing
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VMware Workstation Player + Mullvad VPN on host machine while connected to the guest network.

Online Malware Analysis Platforms that I use:


- FileScan.iO
- Intenzer Analyze
- Hybrid Analysis
- VirusTotal
- Sophos Intelix
- Valkyrie
- ANY.RUN
-
Triage
- Kaspersky Threat Intelligence Portal
-
Docguard.iO
- PolySwarm
- Yomi
- Neiki.Dev
- ThreatZone
- UnpacMe


--> Currently I am barely testing
Browser(s) and extensions

Mozilla Firefox v. 122.0.1

Extensions:
- AdGuard Extension (AdGuard Base filter + AdGuard Tracking filter)
-
Netcraft

- FastForward (Bypassing trackers, blocking IP-loggers and Crowd Bypass enabled)
- Bitwarden (2FA enabled)


Browser privacy and security settings:
- Tracking protection: Strict (enables Total Cookie Protection)
- Enable secure DNS using: Max Protection
- HTTPS-only-mode enabled
- DuckDuckGo set as search engine
- Pocket disabled
- Sending DNT-requests disabled (enabling makes you more identifiable and barely gives any advantage on most sites.)
- Clearing browsing data on exit
- Search suggestions disabled
- Websites overview disabled
- Blocking incoming location, camera and microphone requests
- AutoPlay for audio and video disabled
- Firefox telemetry disabled (also in about:config)
- Blocking pop-ups
- Warn when websites try to install addons enabled
- Protection against fraudulent content and dangerous software enabled



about:config tweaks:
- network.dns.echconfig.enabled =
true
- network.dns.use_https_rr_as_altsvc = true
- fission.autostart = true (enabled by default in Firefox 94+)
- pdfjs.enableScripting =
false
- network.IDN_show_punycode = true
- toolkit.telemetry.enabled = false
- toolkit.telemetry.server (URL removed)
- toolkit.telemetry.unified =
false
- security.ssl.require_safe_negotiation = true
- network.trr.mode = 3 (NextDNS)

ㅤㅤ
Secure DNS

- NextDNS with DoH + OISD blocklist (Firefox exclusively)
- Unbound DNS (Network-wide)


Desktop VPN
Mullvad VPN with WireGuard protocol
Password manager
Bitwarden Premium
Maintenance tools
PatchMyPC, RuckZuck, UpdateHub, HiBit Uninstaller and Windows built in tools for cleaning and optimization
File and Photo backup
backup to external drive when necessary
Active subscriptions
    • Google One Standard 200GB
System recovery
Aomei Backupper
Risk factors
    • Browsing to popular websites
    • Browsing to unknown / untrusted / shady sites
    • Opening email attachments
    • Buying from online stores, entering banks card details
    • Downloading software and files from reputable sites
    • Sharing and receiving files and torrents
    • Gaming
    • Streaming audio/video content from shady sites
    • Downloading malware samples
Computer specs
GPU: Nvidia Geforce RTX 360 TI
CPU: Intel I5 12600K
RAM: 16 GB DDR4-3200 Crucial
Hard disks: 500 GB Samsung 970 EVO Plus + 1 TB Western Digital Blue
Notable changes
- Updated for year 2023
What I'm looking for?

Looking for minimum feedback.

Kongo

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My security config for 2021/2022. Probably people will hate me for using Cylance, but it's working well for me at the moment. The false positives aren't that bad anymore and its really light on my system. :)
 
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About the Honey extension, please read this:
Original Blog post:
MalwareTips discusssion:
 

Kongo

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About the Honey extension, please read this:
Original Blog post:
MalwareTips discusssion:
Deleted. :LOL:
 

Kongo

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Well, the only cons i've seen is Cylance and a iObit software (iObit Uninstaller), I don't find iObit products too trustworthy after the Malwarebytes incident. Anyways it looks good
Totally understandable, but Cylance is really light and works well for me at the moment. I also ditched most Iobit products but the Software Updater is the only not bloated software by iobit. Also I'm not using Iobit Uninstaller, I'm using HiBit Uninstaller. Thanks for your tips, might remove Iobit Software Updater in the future as there are better software updaters anyway. :)
 

Thiag0

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Totally understandable, but Cylance is really light and works well for me at the moment. I also ditched most Iobit products but the Software Updater is the only not bloated software by iobit. Also I'm not using Iobit Uninstaller, I'm using HiBit Uninstaller. Thanks for your tips, might remove Iobit Software Updater in the future as there are better software updaters anyway. :)
Accidentally wrote uninstaller instead of software updater, and if Cylance is working good for you without problems, i don't see any problems on keeping it right now (y)
 
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Kongo

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Real Nice Configuration, but some of the Config I am not technically good enough to fully understand, but thanks.o_O
But I don't share the opinion about IObit software, IMHO Driver Booster is pretty good considering...:)
True, it's pretty good in what its supposed to do. The problem for me was always the ads and unnecessary tools that are included. :)
 

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+ added new about:config tweaks. (geo.enabled = false, browser.cache.offline.enable = false, network.http.referer.trimmingPolicy = 2)
+ added
FirewallHardening by AndyFul
 
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Kongo

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My tests showed that BTL blocks more than pishing URLs. I suggest you test MBG and BTL here AMTSO Security Features Check Tools | AMTSO

You'll notice that BTL blocks the download of malicious files.
Thanks for sharing that testing site, was looking for this one for a long time, as the one I used shut down. The reason I use MBG is the aggressiveness and the way it's blocking infecting content. It also seems to have some kind of behavioural web protection which you can see here:
 

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