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

oldschool

Level 61
Verified
Mar 29, 2018
5,032
Added Bitdefender Free. Blazing fast!

Edit: Apologies to all those (few?) who took on the Windows Defender challenge. I have no problem using it alone but I'm enjoying BD Free.

Edit #2: I had tried BD Free not too long ago but only for a day. I was mistaken about my impression that it slowed browsing.
 
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Raiden

Level 19
Verified
Content Creator
May 7, 2018
899
Added Bitdefender Free. Blazing fast!

Edit: Apologies to all those (few?) who took on the Windows Defender challenge. I have no problem using it alone but I'm enjoying BD Free.
Blasphemy bring out the torches and pitch forks.....😡


lol jk, glad your liking Bitdefender free. I know you had an issue with wifi in the past, has than been fixed for you when using Bitdefender free?
 

sepik

Level 11
Aug 21, 2018
521
Well, i usually do when receiving an with .doc docx etc i convert them to PDF which strips(i think) possible malwares inside. Use online docx converter for that or use third party software to convert it to PDF without openin "Word". Just wonderin...if you open malicioius .doc with LibreOffice, does the malware within the .doc works?
-sepik
 

Wraith2020

Level 2
Mar 19, 2020
89
Well, i usually do when receiving an with .doc docx etc i convert them to PDF which strips(i think) possible malwares inside. Use online docx converter for that or use third party software to convert it to PDF without openin "Word". Just wonderin...if you open malicioius .doc with LibreOffice, does the malware within the .doc works?
-sepik
By default libre office disables macros so they don't execute.
 

sepik

Level 11
Aug 21, 2018
521
Yes i know that, but for additional security, i always convert doc(x) files to PDF online or via third party software. Sure, there's privacy issues when you "upload" to online-converters. Thats why third party converter(s) softwares comes handy.
 
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