Advanced Security M4RT1NE2 Security Configuration 2024

Last updated
Feb 20, 2023
How it's used?
For home and private use
Operating system
Windows 11
On-device encryption
BitLocker Device Encryption for Windows
Log-in security
    • Biometrics (Windows Hello PIN, TouchID, Face, Iris, Fingerprint)
Security updates
Allow security updates
Update channels
Allow stable updates only
User Access Control
Always notify
Smart App Control
On
Network firewall
Enabled
Real-time security
Microsoft Defender + WHHL
Firewall security
Microsoft Defender Firewall
About custom security
Auto playback - disabled
O&O shut up 11 (recommended settings)
O&O App Buster ((system slimmed down)
Periodic malware scanners
Scan once a month using the following scanners:
  • EMSISOFT
  • Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
  • NPE
  • KVRT
Malware sample testing
I do not participate in malware testing
Environment for malware testing
None
Browser(s) and extensions
Google Chrome with
  • Ublock Origin
  • AVG Online Security
Secure DNS
Quad9 DNS
Desktop VPN
Windscribe VPN
Password manager
KeePass 2.x
Maintenance tools
HiBit Uninstaller
BleachBit
CCleaner
File and Photo backup
Hasleo Backup Suite
AOMEI Backupper Standard
Subscriptions
    • None
System recovery
Once every fortnight, the entire system partition is copied to an external drive.
Risk factors
    • Browsing to popular websites
    • Browsing to unknown / untrusted / shady sites
    • Working from home
    • Opening email attachments
    • Buying from online stores, entering banks card details
    • Logging into my bank account
    • Downloading software and files from reputable sites
    • Streaming audio/video content from trusted sites or paid subscriptions
Computer specs
ACER AN515-54-551F
What I'm looking for?

Looking for medium feedback.

silversurfer

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There seems to be a conflict to me. NextDNS crashed after installing Windscribe.

As expected, probably it's nonsense trying to use both, just choose either Windscribe VPN or NextDNS. Keep in mind when using any VPN then all your network traffic including browsing all running through your VPN, that means a special DNS (NextDNS, Quad9, Cloudflare, etc.) would be useless if your VPN is always enabled 24/7.
 

Kongo

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And I took advantage of the one-year promotion on Kerish Doctor 2022.
Hope it doesn't crash my Windows :)
Been using it in the past and never had any issues. Still I don't think that any of the tools are necessary in Windows 10 or 11 and it only increases the chance of something breaking on your system. Trust me, Microsoft knows best what is good for your system. Just use the built in tools of Windows and ditch Kerish Doctor. Thats my opinion. (y)
 

M4RT1NE2

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Today (04/01/2022) - a return to the proven fast 7-zip. I don't like other archivers (PeaZip, BandiZip). And so archiving all other programs comes down to 7z. Today I quit Shadow Defender. Little used. And secondly, I don't need to "bunker" like that
 

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