Advanced Plus Security Minimalist's Security Config 2023

Last updated
Aug 11, 2023
How it's used?
For home and private use
Operating system
Windows 11
On-device encryption
Log-in security
    • Biometrics (Windows Hello PIN, TouchID, Face, Iris, Fingerprint)
Security updates
Check for updates and Notify
Update channels
Allow stable updates only
User Access Control
Always notify
Smart App Control
Network firewall
Real-time security
Eset Nod32 Antivirus
Firewall security
Microsoft Defender Firewall
About custom security
Some minor changes to ESET's default settings.
Periodic malware scanners
Norton Power Eraser
Malware sample testing
I do not participate in malware testing
Environment for malware testing
Browser(s) and extensions
Firefox and uBlock Origin
Secure DNS
Desktop VPN
Password manager
Maintenance tools
SUMo, ShutUp10, CCleaner, AppBuster
File and Photo backup
Daily backup to internal SSD using Macrium Reflect (incremental) + weakly backup to external HDD (full).
System recovery
Using Macrium Reflect for daily automatic system backup (full, differential, incremental).
Risk factors
    • Browsing to popular websites
    • Working from home
    • Making audio/video calls
    • Opening email attachments
    • Buying from online stores, entering banks card details
    • Logging into my bank account
    • Downloading software and files from reputable sites
    • Sharing and receiving files and torrents
    • Streaming audio/video content from trusted sites or paid subscriptions
Computer specs
HP EliteDesk 800 G5 TWR
• Intel Core i7-9700 CPU @ 3.00GHz
• Intel UHD Graphics 630
• DDR4 32 GB @ 2667 MHz
• 2x 500 GB SSD + 4TB HDD
Notable changes
1.1.2023 - original post
30.4.2023 - replaced Eset Nod32 Antivirus with Eset Internet Security
11.8.2023 - Replaced EIS with EAV, Cloudflare DNS
What I'm looking for?

Looking for minimum feedback.


Level 9
Thread author
Oct 2, 2020
Made two minor changes to my setup:
- replaced EIS with EAV - also switching my network profile type from Private to Public
- replaced my ISP's DNS servers with Cloudflare's ( as my ISP's server was filtering some sites.

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