Advanced Plus Security Razza Security Config 2021

Last updated
Oct 11, 2021
Use case
For personal use
Shared with
No one
Desktop OS
Windows 10
Windows OS SKU
Pro
Login Unlock
Sign-in with
Local account (offline)
Primary user
Administrator rights - Full permissions that can perform harmful changes
OS updates
Allow security updates
Windows UAC
Always notify
Network firewall
Always-on protection
F-Secure Safe
Firewall
Third-party App Firewall. (Details shared below)
Custom RT/Firewall security
Default settings on F-Secure Safe not much you can change 😀
Malware testing
No malware samples
Periodic scanning
Emsisoft emergency Kit
Malwarebytes Free
WiseVector StopX (Real-time disabled)
Secure DNS
cloudflare DOH (YogaDNS)
VPN
Mullvad
Password manager
Self-hosted Bitwarden
Browsers and Extensions
Chrome
Add-ons: Adguard browser extension
Utilities for Maintenance
PrivaZer
Files & Photos backup
Backed up to local networked drive which get backup to remote server nightly.
Macrium Reflect Home Edition
Files & Photos backup routine
Automatic
Emergency recovery plan
Backed up to local networked drive which get backup to remote server nightly.
Macrium Reflect Home Edition
Integrity of recovery plan
Tasks performed
    • Working from home
    • Browsing the web
    • Receiving, sending and opening email attachments
    • Buying goods from online stores, entering card details and addresses
    • Logging into personal banking to check statements and payments
    • Downloading software from reputable sites
    • PC games, mods and cloud-based gaming
    • Watching movies and TV series via subscriptions
    • Streaming audio and videos from sites
Computer specs
Lenovo ThinkPad X260 (Daily driver)
i5-6200U
8GB Ram
2TB SSD
Notable changes
20/07/2021: Added YogaDNS
11/06/2021: Replaced BitDefender with F-Secure, replaced nordvpn with Mullvad
Feedback response

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

Razza

Level 3
Thread author
Aug 12, 2014
129
Hi, I've not posted a security configuration for some time last on 2019 so decided to post a latest one, I use this config on both my daily use laptop and gaming pc and a very similar setup on other family members devices got Bitdefender family pack 2 years on offer earlier the year.
 

Kongo

Level 30
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Top poster
Well-known
Feb 25, 2017
1,987
I recommend using encrypted DNS with a DNS provider of your choice. I personally can recommend NextDNS and Quad9.
As Emsisoft Emergency Kit also uses Bitdefender engine, you might want to replace it with something like Norton Power Eraser or Malwarebytes Free. (y)
 

Razza

Level 3
Thread author
Aug 12, 2014
129
Your Realtime Protection states: None.
Opps Fixed that thanks.
I recommend using encrypted DNS with a DNS provider of your choice. I personally can recommend NextDNS and Quad9.
As Emsisoft Emergency Kit also uses Bitdefender engine, you might want to replace it with something like Norton Power Eraser or Malwarebytes Free.
I know Emsisosft uses BD engine most of Emsisoft detection are from it they also got their own sig that sometime picks up stuff BD doesn't, I also use Malwarebytes might take a look at Power eraser.

I will have a look at DNS provider at some stage.

How do you like Bitdefender so far?
I've only used it for a few week on my daily use laptop doesn't seem to slow it down CPU usage seem quite good since switching to BD from Eset the battery life on my laptop seem to increases a little, actually there is a slow down only on start up for about 1-2 min during that time BD is near 100% CPU but after that it zero lag.

On my gaming pc with AMD Ryzen I don't noticed BD even at boot.
 

Razza

Level 3
Thread author
Aug 12, 2014
129
Update 11/10/2021:
Replaced BitDefender Total with F-Secure Safe overall protection BitDefender is probably a bit better product but replaced it due to a few issues recent it's been randomly pegging the CPU on my daily laptop for last few weeks not sure want changed also experienced a few random system lock up that not happen since removing BD, switched to F-secure the laptop seem a bit more speedy and battery life increased by hour or so compared to BD.

Replaced Nordvpn with Mullvad Speed wise seem roughly same as Nord limited testing.
 
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