Recent changes
Dec 3, 2020
Device priority
Primary device
Operating system
Windows 10
Sign-in account
Sign in with Microsoft ID
Log-in security
    • Windows Hello PIN
    • Hardware security key
Account permissions
Administrator account
Security updates
Automatically allow security and feature updates
Windows UAC
Always notify
Malware samples
No - Malware samples are not purposely downloaded
Real-time Malware protection
Microsoft Defender
Firewall protection
Microsoft Defender Firewall
RTP configuration
In gpedit:
enabled anti-malware early start,
block untrusted fonts,
block advertising id,
enabled virtualization-based security for Device Guard,
enabled Kernel-DMA-protection,
block Remote support + Remote shell access,
block app start with voice command,
enable safe start for integrity checks for Bitlocker,
block new DMA devices if PC is locked,
request additional authentication at startup for Bitlocker,
disable Desktop Gadgets,
block Flash & new tab content in Edge,
block cloud in Windows search,
block Cortana,
disable popup notifications on locked screen
change the inactivity limit to 15 minutes

other stuff:
run "dgreadiness_v3.7.2 -Enable"
install "Hard_Configurator 5.1.1.2" with all recommend settings + some own
Chromium-Edge flags & Anti-Exploit settings (see post)
Adobe Touch as PDF reader with Anti-Exploit settings (see post)
internal drives encrypted with Bitlocker
change Data Execution Prevention (DEP) to AlwaysOn / enforcing
In Defender - Exploit protection i enable/ enforce Dynamic ASLR
Anti-Ransomware protection enabled
Application Guard installed
NextDNS DoT DNS
sandboxed Defender
Periodic scanners
Microsoft Defender + Microsoft Defender (internal) offline scan + Desinfec't
VPN and Privacy
beside Windows settings, 3 different Edge profiles (see my thread about)
Browser(s) and Add-ons
Chromium-Edge with AdGuard extension
Maintenance tools
Windows internal tools
Photos and Files backup
Windows internal backup (file version history) to NAS + Personal Backup 6
File backup schedule
Manually managed on a weekly basis
Backup and rollback
Windows internal system restore points
Backup schedule
Manually managed on a weekly basis
Activity usage
  1. Generic web browsing
  2. Financial and sensitive documents
  3. Computer games
  4. Streaming audio and video content from the Internet
Computer hardware
Asrock B450 Pro4
AMD Ryzen 5-2600
Radeon RX 5700
2x 8GB DDR4 memory
~250GB Crucial SSD for Windows, ~512GB SanDisk SSD for Data
different Nitrokey's, Bluetooth USB adapter
Your changelog
6th June: First post
13th June: See SECURE: Complete - security123's Security Config 2020
3th July: See SECURITY: Complete - security123's Security Config 2020
6th July: switch to NextDNS (DoT): SECURITY: Complete - security123's Security Config 2020
15th July: change a small Edge setting: SECURITY: Complete - security123's Security Config 2020
16th July: Increase KeePass security to maximum: SECURITY: Complete - security123's Security Config 2020
30th July: make Defender more secure, harden some Hard_Configurator settings: SECURITY: Complete - security123's Security Config 2020
31th July: enable "paranoid extensions" in Hard_Configurator: SECURITY: Complete - security123's Security Config 2020
8th August: disable HVCI do to problems with Defender network protection: SECURITY: Complete - security123's Security Config 2020
23th August: removed TinyWall: SECURITY: Complete - security123's Security Config 2020
8th October: remove last AdGuard filter list, thanks to native DoH support in Edge
20th October: update to Windows 20H2
26th October: add LOLBins Firewall rules from Andy's tool
31th October: revert blocking LOLBins
3rd December: remove Windows Sandbox

security123

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Finally i can post my config as i use the new Windows 2004er build as clean base.
My setup is for minimum attack surface.
Also as Firewall i use TinyWall which works together/ beside Windows Firewall enabled

Chromium-Flags: Microsoft Edge - Chromium-Edge Flags
Anti-Exploit settings for Edge: Guide to Tweak of built-in Exploit protection in Windows Security
Anti-Exploit settings for Adobe Touch PDF reader: Update - Hard_Configurator - Windows Hardening Configurator


My plans for future:
- replace Windows Hello pin with Nitrokey FIDO2 key -> not possible for home user
- maybe adding Anti-Ransomware protection -> done
- replace Ryzen 5-2600 with Ryzen 5-4000er serie for more hardware security features
- maybe replace Personal Backup 6
 
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Spawn

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For Backup, what are "Windows internal"?

According to the Windows 10 support page, there are 3 different methods;
  • Cloud-based with Microsoft OneDrive
  • External or Network Drive with File History
  • Legacy (Backup and Restore (Windows 7))
For Maintenance, what are the "internal" called, Storage Sense, Legacy Windows Disk Cleaner?

maybe adding Anti-Ransomware protection
You can try Controlled Folder Access for free, or buy a Microsoft 365 subscription - review benefits, annual payment is cheapest:
There may be other Free and Paid Ransomware Tools available online.
 

security123

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For Backup, what are "Windows internal"?

According to the Windows 10 support page, there are 3 different methods;
  • Cloud-based with Microsoft OneDrive
  • External or Network Drive with File History
  • Legacy (Backup and Restore (Windows 7)
I use File History to Network Drive

For Maintenance, what are the "internal" called, Storage Sense, Legacy Windows Disk Cleaner?
Yes. Also "sfc" and "dism" command.

You can try Controlled Folder Access for free, or buy a Microsoft 365 subscription - review benefits, annual payment is cheapest:
Yeah i know it, but in past it create a lot of false positives on my system. Even for Windows own processes.
With H_C from Andy a infection chance is very low. (I use SRP before too)
 

security123

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On Mobile, it's all Pro-privacy.
On Desktop, it's just Meh-privacy.

Where do you draw the line between being Pro-privacy and then using proprietary Windows 10 software?
Windows 10 does a great step forward for privacy with e.g. App permission management like Android/ iOS.
Windows 10 has great security features which protect user privacy in the end. Also you can configure Windows to not sending personal (meta-)data.

But yes, smartphones are best choice for both security and privacy
 

oldschool

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Today i change Edge settings to not removing any more Cookies & Site Data on browser exit.
2 reasons:

- i don't like the ~2 seconds longer exit time
- i remove site data manually anyway which i don't need (after closing site) so doing it automatically is redundant
I've already done the same and I use Shft+Ctrl+delete when I want the shotgun approach. (y)
 
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