SECURITY: Complete oldschool's config 2021

Last updated
Oct 1, 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
NextDNS with CNAME uncloaking, Windows privacy, malware & phishing protections only.
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

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 22
Verified
Feb 25, 2017
1,151
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 10
Verified
Aug 19, 2019
452
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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