Advanced Plus Security rndmblk 's laptop config 2021 - KIS, SWH

Last updated
Sep 21, 2021
How it's used?
For home and private use
Operating system
Windows 10
On-device encryption
Log-in security
    • Biometrics (Windows Hello PIN, TouchID, Face, Iris, Fingerprint)
Security updates
Allow security updates and latest features
User Access Control
Always notify
Smart App Control
Network firewall
Real-time security
Kaspersky Internet Security
Firewall security
About custom security
RTP:
- Kasperksy Internet Security, default settings except disabli Safe Money

Firewall:
- Kaspersky Internet Security with default firewall settings

OS Hardening:
- Simple Windows Hardening with 'Basic Recommended Settings'. However, enable Remote Access due to connecting to my laptop from another PC at home.
Periodic malware scanners
- HitmanPro, Emsisoft Emergency Kit
Malware sample testing
I do not participate in malware testing
Browser(s) and extensions
- Edge Chromium, balanced Tracking Protection
- Extensions - uBlock Origin, ClearURLs, Bitwarden
- uBlock Origin in Basic mode and default lists selected
Secure DNS
NextDNS, using all 'Security' lists and OISD 'Privacy' list.
Desktop VPN
ProtonVPN free
Password manager
Bitwarden
Maintenance tools
SUMo for software updates
Autoruns for managing which applications run at start
ProcExp for reviewing processes in memory

Autorun and ProcExp configured to check virtustotal.com
File and Photo backup
OneDrive
System recovery
Macrium Reflect: Daily > Weekly > Monthly schedule
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
    • Streaming audio/video content from shady sites
Computer specs
Older Surface laptop
i7-7600U CPU
GPU inbuilt
16G RAM (not sure on type)
256 GB SSD
Notable changes
21/09: Reinstalled Windows. Kept mostly same software but using mostly default settings
29/04: Some minor changes to KIS settings based on reviewing suggestions in Kaspersky forums here at MT
25/04: Back to KIS again. Got a free 1yr licence through work :)
13/01: KIS -> MS Defender. My KIS trial went fine but as I'm no longer using the work application that was running slow with MS Defender I'm back to the inbuilt protection option.
31/12: Added details to the new fields requested in the security configuration thread
30/12: Added Autoruns
What I'm looking for?

Looking for medium feedback.

silversurfer

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You may like trying out "Autoruns" from Windows Sysinternals
Simply run Autoruns and it shows you the currently configured auto-start applications as well as the full list of Registry and file system locations available for auto-start configuration. [...]
 
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rndmblk

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Nov 18, 2020
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rndmblk

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Nov 18, 2020
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I'm back to MS based real time protection. I didn't have any problems with KIS but as I no longer need to use the work application that had been having issues with MS Defender I didn't see a need to continue with KIS. I appreciate the 30+ day trial the vendors offer :)
 

rndmblk

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Nov 18, 2020
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After reinstalling Windows (not for malware but just general performance) I reinstalled basically the same software. However, I've gone for mainly default settings rather than a bit more advanced configuration. I don't have as much time to tweak settings/review false positives. Hopefully protection is still good if not optimal.
 

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