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
‎‎‎ㅤ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎
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
‎‎‎ㅤㅤㅤ
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.

kamiloxf

Level 1
Apr 3, 2016
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I have been using at home for about 2 years - it is useful as you need to do remote support, e.g. for family (from the web console you have access, among others: Patch management, Program installation, MDM, Remote Support. In addition, I have paused updates in Windows and installs patches when I am 100% sure that they will not cause problems in using the system
 
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oldschool

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Mar 29, 2018
6,957
Sending DNT-requests disabled
@Kongo Regular settings doesn't have an option to fully disable. Do you set both of these advanced preferences to 'false'? Are there additional prefs?🤔
Code:
privacy.donottrackheader.enabled
services.sync.prefs.sync.privacy.donottrackheader.enabled

I'm hoping to snag a Firewalla Blue+ one of these days.
 

simmerskool

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Apr 16, 2017
1,988
@Kongo Regular settings doesn't have an option to fully disable. Do you set both of these advanced preferences to 'false'? Are there additional prefs?🤔
Code:
privacy.donottrackheader.enabled
services.sync.prefs.sync.privacy.donottrackheader.enabled

I'm hoping to snag a Firewalla Blue+ one of these days.
a gem of a post, I've never heard of Firewalla Blue+, looks interesting...
 
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Kongo

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Feb 25, 2017
2,448
@Kongo Regular settings doesn't have an option to fully disable. Do you set both of these advanced preferences to 'false'? Are there additional prefs?🤔
Code:
privacy.donottrackheader.enabled
services.sync.prefs.sync.privacy.donottrackheader.enabled

I'm hoping to snag a Firewalla Blue+ one of these days.
Didn't have those about:config settings disabled. Will change that.
About Firewalla Blue+: I would take one of their other options if I were you. Blue + is the oldest one of them and probably the next to be discontinued. Otherwise you can't go wrong with Firewalla (y)
 

oldschool

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Mar 29, 2018
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Didn't have those about:config settings disabled. Will change that.
I think the first preference is the default 'true' when DNT is set to "Only when FF is set to block know trackers". Not sure what that 2nd preference is for.

I'm confused about the meaning of the "Only when ... " option in settings, especially upon reading this
The Do Not Track feature is turned off by default, except in Private Windows, where it is always on by default.
How do I turn on the Do Not Track feature? | Firefox Help
It seems to me that the "Only when ... " setting is always sending DNT with TP enabled, but not so according to above link. o_O :rolleyes:
o_O🤔
 

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