Basic Security MuzzMelbourne's 2011 13" MacBook Pro

Last updated
Feb 20, 2024
How it's used?
For home and private use
Operating system
Linux
On-device encryption
Other full-disk drive encryption software
Log-in security
    • Basic account password (insecure)
Security updates
Allow security updates and latest features
Update channels
Allow stable updates only
User Access Control
N/A - Linux / Mac / Other operating system
Smart App Control
N/A - Linux / Mac / Other operating system
Network firewall
Enabled
About WiFi router
ZTE MU5001 5G Router/Wifi
Real-time security
2FA where available
Firewall security
Built-in Firewall for Mac/Linux
About custom security
Whonix or TAILS USB when required.
Periodic malware scanners
None
Malware sample testing
I do not participate in malware testing
Environment for malware testing
N/A
Browser(s) and extensions
Tor Browser
Firefox
LibreWolf
Mullvad Browser
Secure DNS
MullvadVPN
Desktop VPN
MullvadVPN
Password manager
Various
File and Photo backup
1TB Samsung T7 SSD
Active subscriptions
    • None
System recovery
Timestamp
Risk factors
    • Browsing to popular websites
    • Browsing to unknown / untrusted / shady sites
    • Browsing the dark web
    • Working from home
    • Opening email attachments
    • Buying from online stores, entering banks card details
    • Downloading software and files from reputable sites
    • Sharing and receiving files and torrents
    • Streaming audio/video content from trusted sites or paid subscriptions
    • Streaming audio/video content from shady sites
Computer specs
Apple 2011 13" MacBook Pro
Intel Core i5 Duo 2.46Ghz
16 GB DDR RAM
500 GB SSD
Notable changes
removed openSUSE Tumbleweed
back to Linux Mint Cinnamon
added MullvadVPN
What I'm looking for?

Looking for medium feedback.

MuzzMelbourne

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Join the club I am on Linux Mint Cinnamon 21.2 LTS on old X5676 with 512 sata SSD and 12GB RAM, works fine.

Why did you disable the firewall of your router?
Thanks, same distro here, new download/install.

Yeah, my old MacBook loves it, much more fun than the M2 MBP. Apple is really starting to grab you by the short and curly's.

Umm, my router is a ZTE Mobile Router/WiFi and I haven't actually disabled the firewall as much as, if it has one, enabled it from new. I'll have to check i guess.

Update: Nup, no native Router Firewall.
 
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Cruising the dark web with just Tor? Disable anything on the browser at least while doing so? Hardening on Mint in any form? Apparmor/ SELinux custom profiles?
Cheers, nah, I use the TOR browser for Onionshare only.

I use TAILS or Qubes/Whonix for playing on the Darkside, and then primarily for Crypto or 'prepper' style backup and tinfoil hat stuff.

Hardening my system is on my list but atm I'm still adding bits and bobs to a mini home network that has gaping holes in it, but I'll look at your suggestions in due course, cheers.
 

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You break my heart you are banned from Apple/iOS section. joking
Haha... don't be too hasty there CT...

I still have 5 Apple devices, not including my Airtag collection and Airpods Pro 2 so don't be too harsh on me.

The reason I made the Linux switch is because it looks like Sonoma is going to be the last OS-X to run on Intel based Mac's, even making OCLP useless in the future. And, my future plans tend to require more hardware/software expansion options than shear grunt,!

So the ARM processor based Macs are no real use to me.

I like fiddling inside computer cases more than 3D modelling with them.
 

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Got to this point and no further...
 

MuzzMelbourne

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Turns out, if you crank Firefox right up and lock everything down, it optimises DNS management pretty well.

Cheers
 
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