SECURITY: Complete oldschool's config 2021

Last updated
Oct 8, 2021
About
Personal, primary device
Additional PC users
Not shared with other users
Desktop OS
Windows 10
OS edition
Pro
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
Network firewall
Third-party router
Real-time protection
Microsoft Defender
VoodooShield Pro
Software firewall
Microsoft Defender Firewall
Custom RTP, Firewall and OS settings
ConfigureDefender @ Default +
VoodooShield | Smart Mode | Aggressive
Malware testing
No malware samples
Periodic security scanners
EEK
HitmanPro Free
Secure DNS
Quad9 DOH
VPN
None
Password manager
Brain.exe
Little Black Book
Browsers, Search and Addons
Edge
strict tracking prevention
µBO hard mode
Brave search

Firefox
strict tracking | total cookie protection
µBO hard mode
Brave search
Privacy features enabled via settings
about:config tweaks for usability and privacy Firefox Privacy or: How I Learned to Stop Hardening and Love Strict Tracking Protection and
Yet Another Firefox Hardening Guide | Chris Xiao

Brave
Brave shields @ aggressive + per-site switches
Brave search
All internal privacy settings enabled
Maintenance and Cleaning
Windows built-in
Personal Files & Photos backup
External - Free Agent drive
Personal backup routine
Manual (maintained by self)
Device recovery & backup
Aoemi Backupper Pro
Restore points as needed
Device backup routine
Manual (maintained by self)
PC activity
  1. Browsing the web. 
  2. Emails. 
  3. Shopping. 
  4. Downloading software. 
  5. Multimedia. 
  6. Streaming. 
Computer specs
Lenovo l340 i3 8145U CPU @ 2.10 GHz 2.300 GHz 8GB DDR4 RAM 1 TB HDD
Personal changelog
7-1-21 Updated config as above
7-10-21 Switched out µBO & ClearURLs for Trace
7-13-21 Switched ClearURLs for Trace in Brave
7-16-21 Updated config as above - Edge as main browser
7-18-21 Brave uninstalled
7-21-21 Reverted to µBO as sole extension in browsers.
Updated Firefox search engines
Replaced Adguard DNS with Cloudfare DNS
8-24-21 Replaced µBO with Privacy Badger
8-28-21 Configured three browsers for compartmentalization
8.30.21 Back to µBO hard mode all three browsers
9.29.21 Back to Microsoft Defender and NextDNS
10.1.21 Added VoodooShield Pro
Feedback Response

General feedback

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ForgottenSeer 89360

I changed the dns in adapter setting but it did not work maybe because of AVG web protection which uses a DNs service to protect against redirects to malicious urls.
This is the Payments Protection module, it can be turned off only for HTTPS (it’s a DNS over HTTPS itself) or can be disabled completely. It prevents DNS poisoning/DNS Hijacking attacks where a genuine website will be resolved to a fake one. These attacks sometimes happen on router level.

Enabling this module will cause all traffic to be resolved by AVG dns, which renders the attack impossible.
 

Guilhermesene

Level 3
Verified
Jun 1, 2019
102
May I ask how did you setup your DNS? Is it set up in the router, or you changed the parameters in adapter settings?

Hi @The Cog in the Machine

I use NextDNS and configured it directly on my router (Mikrotik).

On my cell phone I configured it in the DNS network settings, since at home it is automatically used because the router that provides you with the wi-fi signal with filtering settings, but when I'm on the street or at a friend's house, protection continues due to having configured it in the cellular network settings, then inside and outside the home I continue with DNS filtering either on Wi-Fi or on the internet plan of my telephone operator.
 

SeriousHoax

Level 38
Verified
Mar 16, 2019
2,739
I found the NextDNS app a little buggy with Brave, not showing continuous connection.

I'll try Cloudfare again.
DNS performance varies location to location. For me here NextDNS's ping often fluctuates which causes some instability for me specially while playing online games. I also get lower ping with the secondary DNS :unsure:
Adguard DNS always works great for me without any issue. I use Adguard DNS and NextDNS is for my family.
 

oldschool

Level 62
Verified
Mar 29, 2018
5,132
I'm now using Edge as my main browser because I'm tired of Brave devs not including or fixing some basic Chromium features, e.g. cookie exceptions that work. Also, I'm a bit tired of the feature bloat. Plus, I tested Trace in Brave and its etag filtering doesn't work which I attribute to the way Brave is built because it works fine in Edge. I guess love isn't always eternal! 🤔😀

Edit: Also using µBO in Easy Medium mode as suggested by @Lenny_Fox in both Edge and Firefox.
 
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blackice

Level 33
Verified
Apr 1, 2019
2,206
I'm now using Edge as my main browser because I'm tired of Brave devs not including or fixing some basic Chromium features, e.g. cookie exceptions that work. Also, I'm a bit tired of the feature bloat. I also tested Trace in Brave and its etag filtering doesn't work, which I attribute to the way Brave is built because it works fine in Edge. I guess love isn't always eternal! 🤔😀

Edit: Also using µBO in Easy Medium mode as suggested by @Lenny_Fox in both Edge and Firefox.
Good move (y)
 

ZeePriest

Level 6
Jul 2, 2020
273
I'm now using Edge as my main browser because I'm tired of Brave devs not including or fixing some basic Chromium features, e.g. cookie exceptions that work. Also, I'm a bit tired of the feature bloat. I also tested Trace in Brave and its etag filtering doesn't work, which I attribute to the way Brave is built because it works fine in Edge. I guess love isn't always eternal! 🤔😀

Edit: Also using µBO in Easy Medium mode as suggested by @Lenny_Fox in both Edge and Firefox
Which one do you like more? Firefox or Edge and why?
 
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