Advanced Plus Security plat's somewhat new config for 2022

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Nov 24, 2022
Use case
For personal use
Shared with
No one
Desktop OS
Windows 10
Windows OS SKU
Home
Login Unlock
    • Passwordless PIN or Biometrics
Sign-in with
Local account (offline)
Primary user
Administrator rights - Full permissions that can perform harmful changes
OS updates
Automatic updates
Windows UAC
Notify me only when programs try to make changes to my computer
Network firewall
Router with network security
Always-on protection
Microsoft Defender
NVT OSArmor
H_C FirewallHardening
Sandboxie Plus w/cert. for security hardening
Firewall
Microsoft Defender Firewall (Windows 11 or 10)
Custom RT/Firewall security
H_C FirewallHardening Rules
Winaero Tweaker telemetry block rules
Custom app block rules
Malware testing
No malware samples
Periodic scanning
AdwCleaner
Norton Power Eraser
RogueKiller (rarely)
Secure DNS
Cloudflare
VPN
none
Password manager
none--any breaches have been the fault of the respective companies.
2FA for utilities, MFA for banking in Sandboxie
Browsers and Extensions
Firefox Quantum
ext: uBlock Origin | Trace | Skip Redirect | JShelter (eval)
Search: DuckDuckGo
Utilities for Maintenance
HiBit Uninstaller
Windows inbuilt Maintenance weekly
various command-lines via Admin. cmd
RivaTuner Statistics Server/HWiNFO64 (cap frame rate, in-game temps)
Files & Photos backup
Periodic manual backup to externally enclosed HDD
HDD is checked for bad blocks
Some data in OneDrive
Files & Photos backup routine
Manual
Emergency recovery plan
Aomei Backupper--static image on 64GB flash drive
Integrity of recovery plan
Recommendations based on others, but have not tested it.
Tasks performed
    • Browsing the web
    • Browsing to unknown sites
    • Receiving, sending and opening email attachments
    • Buying goods from online stores, entering card details and addresses
    • Downloading software from reputable sites
    • Sharing and receiving files and torrents
    • PC games, mods and cloud-based gaming
    • Watching movies and TV series via subscriptions
    • Streaming audio and videos from sites
Computer specs
i9 9900 | ASUS Prime Z390-A | NVIDIA gtx 1080 8 GB | Samsung 980 Pro nvm-e 500 GB | GSkill 32 GB memory @ 3200 mHz | Razer Huntsman mini keyboard w/optical switches (the cutest dang thing!) | Logitech G300 wired wouse

UserBenchmark: "UFO" for Gaming, Desktop, Workstation w/no overclocks
PassMark: 91st percentile
Notable changes
Removed Samsung 980 Pro NVM-e due to corruption
Installed Windows 11
Installed new Samsung 980 Pro
Installed Windows 10
March 2022: decided to keep Windows 11 Insiders beta on a spare 970 EVO to evaluate new features. This runs approx 2 hours per month.
May 4th: Added VoodooShield Pro to Windows 11 drive
Removed NextDNS from Firefox 6/2022
Removed Sandboxie from Windows 10 drive due to various problems
Retaining Sandboxie latest release build on Windows 11 drive
Reinstalled SBIE on Windows 10 drive 8/12/22--so far so good
Removed HitmanPro on-demand scanner (subscription lapsed)
Added Sandboxie Plus--supporter cert. for hardened sandboxing
Feedback response

I am partially satisfied. General feedback is greatly appreciated, to make improvements to my overall security / privacy.

plat

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Well, it turns out my Samsung 980 Pro MVM-e was more corrupted than originally thought--I'd rolled back to Windows 10 a while back as 1 GB of disk space was disappearing daily over a week's time and I couldn't find any of it. Then, earlier tonight, Windows 11 wouldn't install, not via the desktop nor with USB. It would restart as if to install but the next thing you know, it's back on the Windows 10 desktop without any error message or anything. After trying repeatedly, I finally installed my backup drive--a 970 EVO Plus (250 GB), Windows 11 popped up in Updates immediately and it went thru fine.

I think a partition was corrupted but you'd think trying to reformat with the USB would work. It did not. I will have to discard my 980 Pro--it's no use to try to reformat or anything; it will never be trustworthy. It had 3 firmware revisions--maybe that contributed, I don't know.

Think I'll get the 980 (non pro) @ 500 GB. This 970 EVO is great but it's a little small.
 

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Did you try whether Samsung Disk Magician health status gave any clues?

Oh yes. Checked the health and for bad blocks. 99% health via HWiNFO and Crystal Disk Info and 0 disk errors via Magician. A corrupted recovery partition, I'm thinking. The disk was already mostly empty also.

But Disk Management had said all partitions were "healthy." Very strange but I'm over it.
 
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Oh yes. Checked the health and for bad blocks. 99% health via HWiNFO and Crystal Disk Info and 0 disk errors via Magician. A corrupted recovery partition, I'm thinking. The disk was already mostly empty also.

But Disk Management had said all partitions were "healthy." Very strange but I'm over it.
Sorry, something lost in translation. I will try again. With empty I intended that Disk Magician does not format the whole disk but keeps a portion in reserve to use when solid state memory decreases. It is an option of Samsung Disk Magician. I looked it up and it is called " over provisioning"

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No, actually nothing was lost in translation. I'm aware of over provisioning. I guess I was the one who wasn't very clear. I hinted at it when I said my disk "was already mostly empty also."

I would never enable over provisioning on a disk with 423/465 GB free when I yanked it. Not even on this smaller one with currently 206/232 free. Anyway, Windows 11 seems to be OK, and best of all, no mysterious disappearance of bits of disk space. Let me tell you, I wouldn't wish this disk nightmare on anyone. But luckily, it didn't fail me, it just couldn't update.
 

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Changed my mind, bought another 980 Pro nvm-e and installed Windows 10 because I want to check if some rather severe stuttering issues I had with a certain game in Windows 11 are still present.

I only speak for myself but I'm spoiled for performance. The 970 EVO Plus is a nice nvm-e but it's very small and a back-up for a reason. The new one is very fast and I hope the issues I had with the prev. don't pop up again. Then again, I got one of the first ones out on the market and subsequent firmware updates likely took their toll.

Don't know if Edge is going to stay on here but for right now, it's pretty good. Will update as things evolve. (y):coffee:

Edit: update--the stuttering was most definitely confined to Windows 11. Anyone playing on a Unity platform having this problem? There are some guides online that have you making registry edits and these were only partially successful. Turning off anti-aliasing didn't work either. Only Windows 10 made the game run flawlessly as it should. Oh well.
 
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Hey, everyone. I added VoodooShield v. 7.06 to my Windows 11 Insiders build on my alternate drive. Now then--it's been a while--since v. 3.xx. All settings are at Default (Auto Pilot--Aggressive) and Whitelist Cloud is off. So far, no system impacts that I can tell. (y)

Is this the configuration most are using--Default? Do you think it's wise to disable VS if Windows 11 is updating? Note, this is Insiders Beta and you get a new build, complete with a Windows.old folder. It just updated today to v. 22610.1 but VS wasn't installed at the time.

Thanks!
 

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Smart is the default/recommended mode by @danb
But I find AutoPilot Mode more practical when you use a webbrowser all the time.
Discussed this with Dan a while back, but we agreed to disagree :D
Running the latest version 7.07 in AutoPilot Mode (Aggressive) and with WhitelistCloud enabled.

It's best to disable VS on a full insider's beta Windows 11 update to avoid any issues.
There is no need to do this with normal Windows updates, but better safe than sorry...
 
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Evaluating JShelter extension for Firefox. I do online shopping (OK, window shopping mostly) and there are hints here and there of tracking that make things a little uncomfortable. Let's see how it goes. Anyone else currently using it? If so, pls feel free to drop a note or two. (y)

Example of a page on Amazon site:

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Wontkins

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Plat1098, I just started using it. Only had a problem on DailyMotion. There I had to change the Javascipt Shield setting or it wouldn't start the video. Oddly after I started playing it and changed it back the other old show videos I found there worked fine. Otherwise I haven't had to mess with it at all. Boy DM's site design is horrible.
 

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Hey everyone! Happy Turkey Day!

OK, seeing as I'm doing more online financials, I've decided to invest in a supporter's certificate for a security-hardened sandbox. Done and dusted. The developer is offering a Black Friday discount of 15%--good until November 28, 2022. So, now is the time to snap it up!

Hopefully it will be OK to post this over here in the dedicated SBIE threads. @bjm_


edited to remove snip Was getting very messy with all the strike-outs. :rolleyes:
 
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Zero Knowledge

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Not sure how I feel about once open-source software becoming a pay for use app with various tiers where certain features are only available for the xxx amount of money you pay. It just doesn't seem right. Not saying the developer doesn't deserve to earn money for their hard work but I would be much happier if he took donations like various other apps do to continue development or only charged for enterprise use and let home/personal users in for free.
 
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Not sure how I feel about once open-source software becoming a pay for use app with various tiers where certain features are only available for the xxx amount of money you pay.

Not defending him too much but the free version is respectable and the Plus UI has seen a lot of improvements.

The extra hardening features are paid--and to say with some truth, I'm still working out a few buggy things with Firefox due to these. I was not surprised when he brought out this business model. He put a lot of work and effort into it from day 1 and is trying to expand his user base with his other software (Private Win10, etc). It's been kind of slow to catch on, looks like.
 
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