SECURITY: Complete oldschool's 2020 laptop setup

Last updated
Dec 12, 2020
About
Personal, primary device
Desktop OS
Windows 10
Login security
    • Password (Aa-Zz, 0-9, Symbols)
Primary sign-in
Local account
Primary user
Standard user - Limited permissions
Security updates
Automatic - allow all types of updates
Windows UAC
Maximum - always notify
Real-time protection
AVG Internet Security v. 20.10.3157
Software firewall
Microsoft Defender Firewall
Custom RTP, Firewall and OS settings
Default settings + Hardened Mode
Malware testing
No malware samples
Periodic security scanners
Hitman Pro (paid)
Browsers, Search and Addons
Brave/Brave Nightly --> Brave Shields + ClearURLs + LocalCDN
Edge Chromium --> Strict Tracking Protection + ClearURLs + LocalCDN
Maintenance and Cleaning
Windows built-in
Personal Files & Photos backup
Copy/Paste --> Free Agent drive
Personal backup routine
Device recovery & backup
Aomei Backupper Pro --> image monthly or as needed
System protection --> restore points as needed @ app or data changes
Device backup routine
PC activity
  1. Browsing the web. 
  2. Browsing to unknown sites. 
  3. Working from home. 
  4. Multimedia. 
  5. Streaming. 
Computer specs
Lenovo L340 i3 8145U CPU @ 2.10 GHz 2.300 GHz 8GB DDR4 RAM 1 TB HDD
Personal changelog
5/3/20 --> Removed Bitdefender and back to Windows Defender --> Updated RunBySmartscreen
May 2020 ---> various small changes
3 June, 2020 --> updated to W10 2004
7 June 2020 --> rolled back to 1909
23 August 2020 --> Added LocalCDN to browsers
27 August 2020 --> Removed µBO in Edge
31 August 2020 --> Removed Bitdefender Free
--------------------> Reverted to Windows Defender
--------------------> Removed Trafficlight and added Malwarbytes Browser Guard
7 September 2020 --> Removed Malwarebytes Browser Guard
Later in September --> Enabled Google SafeBrowsing in Brave

Burrito

Level 24
May 16, 2018
1,363
Wow.

I declare this..... the greatest setup in MalwareTips history. (y)

One might ponder.... is it now time to close down MT? :unsure:

But I wonder..... would The Green Kool-Aid help this setup?

Nah. I guess not.

So then.... It's perfect. 🏆

I give this setup a very rare perfect FFFB (Full-Frontal Five Burrito) rating.

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Oldschool continues to serve as an inspiration to us all.

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blackice

Level 32
Verified
Apr 1, 2019
2,179
Wow.

I declare this..... the greatest setup in MalwareTips history. (y)

One might ponder.... is it now time to close down MT? :unsure:

But I wonder..... would The Green Kool-Aid help this setup?

Nah. I guess not.

So then.... It's perfect. 🏆

I give this setup a very rare perfect FFFB (Full-Frontal Five Burrito) rating.

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Oldschool continues to serve as an inspiration to us all.

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I bet green Kool-Aid would be great with burritos, I love lime Kool-Aid :p
 

blackice

Level 32
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Apr 1, 2019
2,179

oldschool

Level 59
Verified
Mar 29, 2018
4,807
Thanks for the HTTPZ – Get this Extension for 🦊 Firefox (en-US)
Like an year ago I was looking to replace HTTPS Everywhere and found some similar addons including this one but ended up using Smart HTTPS but that one causes some issues now and then. Now installed HTTPZ and it's working perfectly without any issue :)

Yes, I like this one. I got rid of POOP because I can tweak about:config. BTW, how do you have your request policy set up?

Edit: I really like the "forget" feature in Firefox. I'm starting to like this browser in a new way!
 
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SeriousHoax

Level 35
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Mar 16, 2019
2,456
Yes, I like this one. I got rid of POOP because I can tweak about:config. BTW, how do you have your request policy set up?

Edit: I really like the "forget" feature in Firefox. I'm starting to like this browser in a new way!
I haven't make any changes regarding request policy and didn't know about the POOP extension either. I use Smart Referer which does the job I guess?! :unsure:
 

SeriousHoax

Level 35
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Mar 16, 2019
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oldschool

Level 59
Verified
Mar 29, 2018
4,807
You mean this guy? claustromaniac - Overview
POOP, HTTPZ, Etag-Stoppa all the extensions are his creation. Nice!
Are you referring to this reference material? : Privacy-Oriented Origin Policy I guess not! This explains his extension works.

Yes, that guy. I think it was something else like this guy. Anyway, I'm going to try this guy's # 2 suggestion tweak > about:config >
network.http.referer.XOriginPolicy = 1 and see if it breaks any websites. Otherwise I may experiment some more or go get POOP again. I had no issues at all with that. Easy peasey!
 

oldschool

Level 59
Verified
Mar 29, 2018
4,807
Looks great ,just 2 questions, 1. What is this Document AntiExploit you mentionand 2,seeing you pay for Hitmanpro,why not the 10 dollars more fore Hitmanpro alert? Thanks for being here

Document AntiExploit is part of H_C but you may use it separately. HMP was on pre-Christmas sale so I got it on a lark. HMPA can be buggy and I don't need it.
 

SeriousHoax

Level 35
Verified
Mar 16, 2019
2,456
Yes, that guy. I think it was something else like this guy. Anyway, I'm going to try this guy's # 2 suggestion tweak > about:config >
network.http.referer.XOriginPolicy = 1 and see if it breaks any websites. Otherwise I may experiment some more or go get POOP again. I had no issues at all with that. Easy peasey!
Maybe you saw this tweaks before: Web Browsers | PrivacyTools
I made this changes to my Firefox for Android but wasn't sure on PC due to breakage concern so installed Smart Referer instead. It seems POOP and Smart Referer does similar things but I'm not sure.
 

oldschool

Level 59
Verified
Mar 29, 2018
4,807
Maybe you saw this tweaks before: Web Browsers | PrivacyTools
I made this changes to my Firefox for Android but wasn't sure on PC due to breakage concern so installed Smart Referer instead. It seems POOP and Smart Referer does similar things but I'm not sure.

Yes, I've seen it. The tweak above is the source that PrivacyTools.io references. It won't break things @ "1" but it may @ "2". Using one of these tweaks you can get rid of another extension. Generally, I prefer less but have experimented since installing FF.
 

SeriousHoax

Level 35
Verified
Mar 16, 2019
2,456
Yes, I've seen it. The tweak above is the source that PrivacyTools.io references. It won't break things @ "1" but it may @ "2". Using one of these tweaks you can get rid of another extension. Generally, I prefer less but have experimented since installing FF.
Ok done, I agree on the getting rid of extension part so disabling smart referer and making this tweaks.
 
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