SECURITY: Complete oldschool's 2020 laptop setup

Last updated
Dec 12, 2020
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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

SeriousHoax

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Mar 16, 2019
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I've been reading up more on tracking/privacy lately and now I'm digging into Trace on Edge to see what its many features offer. Experimenting with different extensions is more than fun, it's a learning experience about browser processes, etc. (y):geek:
Yes it's a good one. I've it installed in my Brave. Some of the thing it does can be done in Firefox via about:config changes but it's a lot more useful for chromium based browsers :D
 

Sampei Nihira

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Dec 26, 2019
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I've been reading up more on tracking/privacy lately and now I'm digging into Trace on Edge to see what its many features offer. Experimenting with different extensions is more than fun, it's a learning experience about browser processes, etc. (y):geek:

You can do some tests to check if your browsers have sufficient privacy protection.:);)
I personally am also to limit the insecure cipher suites as much as possible, with a browser link on the desk.
If then some website doesn't open I can always start the browser from Start ......
 

SeriousHoax

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Mar 16, 2019
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Our oldschool is not just hot he's the hottest 😉
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blackice

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Apr 1, 2019
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Hi, oldschool! Do not use an additional program for system backup? I was told here that the utilities built into the system are not enough for this :) You need either Macrium Free or AOMEI Backupper Standard. Just in case :)
To this point. I had no problem using built in backup until I wanted to do a restore and it failed spectacularly and I had to do a fresh install. I though it was working fine, but it apparently wasn’t? I’ve had lots of success with Macrium. Also, I just wanted to participate in this HOT thread. :ROFLMAO:
 

blackice

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Apr 1, 2019
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@SFox @blackice Yes, I've considered installing Aomei but unsure whether to use OneKey Free, which I've used before, or BackerUpper.
Sometimes there is no best answer, my friend. I’ve no experience with either myself, but heard mostly positive things about both. It’s probably one of those just pick one situations if there’s no single feature drawing you in. I’d go with BackUpper based on its similarity to Macrium.
 
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