Latest Changes
Aug 21, 2018
Operating System
  • Windows 10
  • Windows Edition
    Pro
    System type
    64-bit operating system; x64-based processor
    Security Updates
    Automatic Updates with Paused Upgrades (up to 365 days)
    User Access Control
    Always Notify
    Network Security (Firewall)
    3rd-party Firewall app by a trusted vendor
    Device Security
  • Windows Defender SmartScreen (Windows 10)
  • User Account
    Administrator
    Sign-in Accounts
    Malware Testing
    I do not participate in downloading malware samples
    Real-time Web & Malware Protection
    Comodo Firewall & Netcraft
    RTP - Custom security settings
  • Minor changes for Increased security
  • Virus and Malware Removal Tools
    CCE w/ Killswitch, Zemana Antimalware, Norton Power Eraser & Emsisoft Emergency Kit
    Browsers and Extensions
    Browser: Opera (latest version) (default browser)
    Extensions: Nano Blocker & Defender, SingleClick Cleaner, Cookie Autodelete, Random User-Agent, Privacy Possum, CSS Exfil Protection, Auto History Wipe, Netcraft, Script Defender & i don't care about cookies.

    Browser: Comodo Ice Dragon
    Extensions: Scriptsafe, uBlock Origin, ClearURLs, Behind The Overlay, Netcraft, Cookie Autodelete, Random User-Agent, Trace, Decentraleyes & CanvasBlocker

    Browser: Firefox Quantum (not on current system)
    Extensions: NoScript, Decentraleyes, Cookie Auto Delete, Trace, uBlock Origin, IDN Safe, CSS Exfil Protection, ClearURLs, Skip Redirect, Smart Referer, Malwarebytes, BehindTheOverlay, Ghostery, Keyboard Privacy, CanvasBlocker, Netcraft & Random User Agent
    Privacy-focused Apps and Extensions
    Nano Blocker & Defender, Decentraleyes, Cookie Auto Delete, IBM-backed Quad9 DNS , uBlock Origin, IDN Safe, Trace, ClearURLs & other web extensions
    Password Managers
  • None.
  • Web Search
  • DuckDuckGo
  • System Utilities
    O&OShutup 10, Defraggler, RevoUninstaller, SysHardener 1.5 (Evjl Rain settings) for additional system security and lockdown, procexp, Windscribe VPN Free 15GB plan, VLC Media Player, OpenOffice, 7zip, Virtual DJ Pro, CDBurnerXP, AOMEI Backupper Standard, Bleachbit, PrivaZer & Wise Care 365
    Data Backup
    AOMEI Backupper Standard
    Frequency of Data backups
    Weekly
    System Backup
    AOMEI Backupper Standard
    Frequency of System backups
    Regularly

    LDogg

    Level 29
    Verified
    Here is my Configuration, I like to think I have experience in this sort of field from testing many setups over the years. This one for personal use seems to be the best for me atm (personal opinion).

    New laptop so only done 1 backup which was today. (only had the laptop one day xD)

    All critiques will be taken into account, changes will be made accordingly. Thanks for reading!

    ~LDogg
     

    harlan4096

    Level 63
    Verified
    Staff member
    Malware Hunter
    @LDogg: probably a bit overkill in resident protection -> Avast AV + OSArmor + Chekmail Anti-RW... tweaking Avast in Hardened Mode (Aggressive) and OSArmor would be enough...

    I would also add a password manager tool.

    Thanks for thanks Your config :)
     

    Lightning_Brian

    Level 13
    Verified
    Content Creator
    Great setup here @LDogg ! Nothing to add here other than maybe a password manager to manage all of the "one of a kind" passwords [what should be one of a kind passwords for all of the websites we use].

    I would like to suggest another imaging program called Macrium Reflect (Free) to use in conjunction with Macrium viBoot.

    Link:

    Macrium Software | Macrium Reflect Free

    More about Macrium viBoot:

    Macrium Software | Macrium viBoot Demonstration

    Both are great tools and I would highly recommend it. I use AOMEI Backupper Premium myself along with Macrium Reflect. Both are great. I use both tools just in case a image goes a little goffy, but then again I take things sometimes far and beyond most do for security reasons.

    Once again, great setup!

    ~Brian
     

    LDogg

    Level 29
    Verified
    I'm not very confident on Password Managers due to my paranoia of LastPass being breached in the past. Which is why I prefer not to use one as of current, but I have looked at some PW Managers such as KeePass. Been using Aomei Backupper for a while, never had any trouble when an image goes goofy.

    Thank you stating I have a great setup, I'll also take a look at Macrium Reflect as well.

    No other changes have happened yet, I'm deciding whether to install a password manager.

    Thanks, LDogg
     
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    LDogg

    Level 29
    Verified
    Recently added to my Config; Firefox Quantum. Extensions: NoScript, Avast Online Security, Adguard (with malware blocking), HTTPS Everywhere, Decentraleyes, & Cookie Auto Delete.

    Is there any other vital extensions I need to know about?
     

    LDogg

    Level 29
    Verified
    Updated 9/5/18:
    • Added O&OShutup10 Version 1.6 1396.1
    • Added Canvas Blocker & Privacy Possum to FF Quantom
    • Added Avira Browser Safety to Firefox
    • May take off Avast Browser extension

    Changes will be added to config.

    ~Ldogg
     
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    LDogg

    Level 29
    Verified
    Updated: 12/05/18

    Installed Opera Browser, with the following Extensions: uBlock Origin, Avira Browser Safety, Decentraleyes, UserAgent Switcher, SingleClick Cleaner & Scriptsafe. Also enabled Pop-up blocker, VPN feature & tracking/ad blocked features.

    Uninstalled SRWare Iron.

    UserAgent Switcher settings changed to: Mac OS, Chrome version 65. (won't give out full user agent string)

    ScriptSafe options:

    Fingerprint & other protections enabled:
    • Block Canvas Font Access
    • Block Browser Plugin Enumeration
    • Block WebGL Fingerprint
    • Canvas Finger Protection set to "Random Readout"
    • Referrer Spoof set to "Same document"

    ~LDogg
     
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    LDogg

    Level 29
    Verified
    Removed:
    - Avast Anti Virus

    Removed from Firefox Quantum:
    - Canvas Blocker
    - Avast Online Security
    - Adguard
    - HTTPS Everywhere

    Added:
    - VoodooShield (latest version)

    Added to FF Quantum:
    - Trace, CyDec Platform Anti-Fingerprinting, Poper Blocker, VTZilla, uBlock Origin, IDN Safe, Pure VPN Free & Scriptsafe

    Changed added to config too.

    ~LDogg
     
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    HarborFront

    Level 46
    Verified
    Content Creator
    Browser: Firefox Quantum
    Extensions: Avira Browser Safety, Privacy Possum, NoScript, Decentraleyes, Cookie Auto Delete, Trace, CyDec Platform Anti-Fingerprinting, Poper Blocker, VTZilla, uBlock Origin, IDN Safe, Pure VPN Free & Scriptsafe.
    Actually, you don't require Privacy Possum if you have Trace and CyDec. Also, Noscript (like uMatrix) is not needed unless you want to micro manage every website. Check features comparison between Privacy Possum vs Trace in post #10 below

    Add-on - Privacy Possum is Privacy Badger on Steroids

    FYI, if you are using a download manager then VTZilla can be removed because files downloaded by the download manager cannot be detected by VTZilla

    You can add ClearURLs to remove tracking elements in URLs and Skip Redirect (with some others) as listed here

    ghacksuserjs/ghacks-user.js

    Also, use a high privacy search engine in FF like searx.me 0.9.x

    One question. How do you prevent a PUP/PUA that comes bundled with your downloaded software? Sometimes the PUP/PUA software just install without asking your permission and some will install even if you say no to it. Standalone software like 'Unchecky' can detect PUP/PUA during downloading or else if you have an AV/AM that comes with malware/phishing/PUP/PUA protection

    With the above and uBlock Origin (plus the right filters) Avira Browser Safety is not needed

    Why you don't need Avira Browser Safety
     
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    LDogg

    Level 29
    Verified
    Removed from FF:
    - Avira Browser Safety
    - Privacy Possum

    Installed for Firefox Quantum
    - CSS Exfil Protection
    - ClearURLs
    - Skip Redirect

    Installed:
    - Unchecky
    - Andyful/ConfigureDefender

    I don't use any DL Manager's so that's fine by me! I may stick with DuckDuckGo for my search engine.

    ~LDogg
     

    Evjl's Rain

    Level 43
    Verified
    Trusted
    Content Creator
    Malware Hunter
    With the above and uBlock Origin (plus the right filters) Avira Browser Safety is not needed
    in find that most ublock's filters are weak and outdated
    only hphosts and squidblack malicious are the the only good ones in my test

    moreover, using an extra extension like Norton safe web and windows defender browser protection is even lighter and faster than adding malware filters to ublock

    Norton and WDBP only scan the page we visit only once when they are loaded. They are turbo lite
    avira browser safety and malwarebytes are much heavier because they scan every traffic we use in realtime
    ublock also filters every traffic we visit, less filters added, the faster it is
     

    LDogg

    Level 29
    Verified
    Edit: cannot use ConfigureDefender due to OSArmor. Will not be using.

    ~LDogg