SECURITY: Complete oldschool's config 2021

Last updated
Aug 28, 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
AVG Internet Security
Software firewall
Provided by a third-party security vendor. Refer to 'Real-time protection' for details.
Custom RTP, Firewall and OS settings
AVG Hardened mode | Firewall
Simple Windows Hardening @ Default +
RunBySmartscreen
Malware testing
No malware samples
Periodic security scanners
EEK
HitmanPro Free
Secure DNS
Cloudfare DNS
VPN
None
Password manager
Brain.exe
Little Black Book
Browsers, Search and Addons
Edge
strict tracking prevention
µBO hard mode
search.brave.com + search.disroot.org

Firefox
strict tracking | total cookie protection
µBO hard mode
ClearURLs
search.disroot.org search.disroot.org
Privacy features enabled via settings
Very minor tweaks via about:config

Brave
Brave shields @ aggressive + per-site switches
search.disroot.org search.disroot.org
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
Feedback Response

General feedback

EVhotrodder

New Member
Aug 2, 2021
1
Cloudflare is leaps and bounds faster than anyone, but they occasionally are having issues, especially resolving my work IPs for our corporate VPN. May go back to Quad9 which is slower.
Cloudflare is marginally faster for some people in some places, Quad9 marginally faster for other people in other places, both have very large networks, Quad9's somewhat larger. But the big difference, as I think you're seeing, is in uptime... Quad9 hasn't had any system-wide downtime yet, in five years of operation. Cloudflare has been at this three or four years now, and hasn't been able to maintain even three nines of uptime:

 

SecureKongo

Level 21
Verified
Feb 25, 2017
1,091
Default at the moment. I'm on the fence about learning mode. What's your advice? 🤔 :unsure:
I just asked out of curiosity. But if you ask me then you should just delete it again and stick with your basic but effective non-extension approach (apart from uBlock Origin) :)

Thats why I recommended NextDNS before, because you can achieve extra ad, tracking, malware and phishing blocking without the need of another extension that has an negative impact on your privacy.
 

ErzCrz

Level 9
Verified
Aug 19, 2019
448
µBO hard mode is really very easy to use with a bit of trial and error because you start to identify the key 3rd party players on the sites you visit. Impressive blocking ability and page loading! (y) (y) :cool:
Much like learning to use NoScript though I wish uBo had sie reputation lookup so you and easily identify web services / data sources.

I'm currently using this setup with uBO: Browser Add-on - uBlock0rigin in Medium mode for Lighter and Stronger Protection, with Less websites breakage and hassle
 
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