Advanced Plus Security Razza Security Config 2021

Last updated
Oct 11, 2021
How it's used?
For home and private use
Operating system
Windows 10
On-device encryption
Log-in security
Security updates
Allow security updates
User Access Control
Always notify
Smart App Control
Network firewall
Real-time security
F-Secure Safe
Firewall security
About custom security
Default settings on F-Secure Safe not much you can change 😀
Periodic malware scanners
Emsisoft emergency Kit
Malwarebytes Free
WiseVector StopX (Real-time disabled)
Malware sample testing
I do not participate in malware testing
Browser(s) and extensions
Chrome
Add-ons: Adguard browser extension
Secure DNS
cloudflare DOH (YogaDNS)
Desktop VPN
Mullvad
Password manager
Self-hosted Bitwarden
Maintenance tools
PrivaZer
File and Photo backup
Backed up to local networked drive which get backup to remote server nightly.
Macrium Reflect Home Edition
System recovery
Backed up to local networked drive which get backup to remote server nightly.
Macrium Reflect Home Edition
Risk factors
    • Working from home
    • Browsing to popular websites
    • Opening email attachments
    • Buying from online stores, entering banks card details
    • Logging into my bank account
    • Downloading software and files from reputable sites
    • Gaming
    • Streaming audio/video content from trusted sites or paid subscriptions
    • Streaming audio/video content from shady 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
What I'm looking for?

Looking for medium feedback.

Razza

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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

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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

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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

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Aug 12, 2014
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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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