SECURITY: Complete Nightwalker's security setup for 2021

Last updated
Feb 17, 2021
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Personal, primary device
Additional PC users
Not shared with other users
Desktop OS
Windows 10
OS License Type
Pro
Login security
    • Password (Aa-Zz, 0-9, Symbols)
Primary sign-in
Microsoft account
Primary account rights
Limited permissions
Other accounts rights
Administrator permissions
Security updates
Automatic - allow all types of updates
Windows UAC
Default - notify when programs attempt to make changes
Network firewall
Personal router w/ firewall & filtering
Real-time protection
AVG Internet Security 2021 with minor settings changed
AdGuard 7 with SafeDNS enabled
Software firewall
Provided by a third-party security vendor. Refer to 'Real-time protection' for details.
Custom RTP, Firewall and OS settings
Windows privacy settings changed
Malware research
No - malware samples are not downloaded
Periodic scanners
Emsisoft Emergency Kit (rarely used)
Malwarebytes 4 (rarely used)
AdwCleaner (rarely used)
DNS
NextDNS with OISD filter list
VPN
Windscribe
Password manager
Bitwarden
Browsers, Search and Addons
Brave
Chrome
Firefox
Edge
PC maintenance
Windows native system tools
Personal Files & Photos backup
Macrium Reflect 7
OneDrive
Personal backup routine
Manual (maintained by self)
Device recovery & backup
Macrium Reflect 7
Device backup routine
Manual (maintained by self)
PC activity
  1. Browsing the web. 
  2. Emails. 
  3. Shopping. 
  4. Downloading software. 
  5. Browsing to unknown sites. 
  6. File sharing and torrents. 
  7. Working from home. 
  8. PC and cloud gaming. 
  9. Streaming. 
Computer specs
Custom Machine
CPU: AMD Ryzen 3600
GPU: RTX 2060 Super
RAM: 16 Gb DDR4 3000 mhz
Storage: SSD Adata XPG Gammix S11 Pro 1 Tb
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Nightwalker

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I like that you can’t choose a main browser either. I feel less crazy.

It may seem bizarre, but using multiple browsers has a purpose :D

For example, Firefox is the only browser supported by the online access systems of the courts, basically I need this to be able to work (I'm a lawyer); as for Google Chrome I use it logged in with my Google account to use the services of this company like Gmail, Youtube, Youtube Music and so on.

As for Brave it is my main browser and Edge, well it has an excellent PDF reader and a very pleasant reading mode, it is a very good secondary browser and could easily replace Brave (which maybe it will).

In addition, using different browsers for different uses is a way of trying to maintain an anonymous identity on the internet.
 
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blackice

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Apr 1, 2019
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It may seem bizarre, but using multiple browsers has a purpose :D

For example, Firefox is the only browser supported by the online access systems of the courts, basically I need this to be able to work (I'm a lawyer); as for Google Chrome I use it logged in with my Google account to use the services of this company like Gmail, Youtube, Youtube Music and so on.

As for Brave it is my main browser and Edge, well it has an excellent PDF reader and a very pleasant reading mode, it is a very good secondary browser and could easily replace Brave (which maybe it will).

In addition, using different browsers for different uses is a way of trying to maintain an anonymous identity on the internet.
I use Chrome for the same thing. I don't log into google services from any other browser. It's basically a youtube and gmail browser. I've gone back and forth on Brave and Edge. Both have positives and negatives. And I have a soft spot for Firefox, probably always will until they shut it down.
 

Nightwalker

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I use Chrome for the same thing. I don't log into google services from any other browser. It's basically a youtube and gmail browser. I've gone back and forth on Brave and Edge. Both have positives and negatives. And I have a soft spot for Firefox, probably always will until they shut it down.

I guess our reasons are very very similar; I dont feel very comfortable using a browser with a Google account logged in but I still need its services.

My computer is powerful enough so I cant really see any downside of this multiple browsers approach, so I will continue with it as long I need it.
 

Nightwalker

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Only two things from my side:
- Set UAC to maximum (see many threads about)
- better use only 1 browser for decreased attack surface. With Edge you can use my 3 browser profile solution: Edge - Chromium-Edge "3-Browser-Profiles" Solution


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I use a standard user account, it is much more powerful security-wise than UAC to maximum (the latter isnt a security boundary).

About the multiple browsers, it may increase attack surface, but I need them and I am totally okay with this.

NextDNS is great, I really like the low false positives from the OISD list, so it is a keeper for me.
 
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Trooper

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Aug 28, 2015
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Wow AVG Internet Security? How is it?

I also use NextDNS and love it. I had to stop using OISD as it was blocking far too much for my liking.
 
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SecurityNightmares

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Do you have a guide for NextDNS ? I will look for it.
 

Nightwalker

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Above average doesn't sound that convincing. Did you do a test of AVG too?

Above average to top tier considering the results of AV-Test, AV-Comparatives, SE Labs and recently @McMcbrad tests; historically Avast was never bad at that important metric.

I dont have the means to do a statistically relevant protection test; what I like to test is false positives, system impact, try to look for some bugs, how good the default settings are, how its impact web browsing, look to see if there is a downgrade for SSL connections and so on.
 

blackice

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Above average to top tier considering the results of AV-Test, AV-Comparatives, SE Labs and recently @McMcbrad tests; historically Avast was never bad at that important metric.

I dont have the means to do a statistically relevant protection test; what I like to test is false positives, system impact, try to look for some bugs, how good the default settings are, how its impact web browsing, look to see if there is a downgrade for SSL connections and so on.
This is the point. Among any of the top AVs the differences are largely irrelevant. As long as you aren't using something that bombs tests regularly you are getting decent protection. Chasing the best is a waste of time. AVAST/AVG have an enormous user base which gives them a lot of threat intel and they are efficient at creating new signatures and have a good BB.
 

Nightwalker

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This is the point. Among any of the top AVs the differences are largely irrelevant. As long as you aren't using something that bombs tests regularly you are getting decent protection. Chasing the best is a waste of time. AVAST/AVG have an enormous user base which gives them a lot of threat intel and they are efficient at creating new signatures and have a good BB.

Pretty much this, nowadays it is hard to make a bad choice in the AV market, well, except if you choose Webroot :D
 
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