Advanced Plus Security Shadowra's Config 2024

Last updated
Feb 26, 2024
How it's used?
For home and private use
Operating system
Windows 11
Other operating system
Linux Manjaro
On-device encryption
VeraCrypt
Log-in security
    • Hardware security key
    • Biometrics (Windows Hello PIN, TouchID, Face, Iris, Fingerprint)
    • Basic account password (insecure)
Security updates
Allow security updates and latest features
Update channels
Allow stable updates only
User Access Control
Always notify
Smart App Control
Off
Network firewall
Enabled
About WiFi router
Firewall Asus Rooter
Real-time security
Microsoft Defender Antivirus (Hard Configuration)
CyberLock
Firewall security
Other - Internet Security (3rd-party)
About custom security
Windows 11 Tweaked (removal of telemetry, spyware from Microsoft)
NextDNS
Periodic malware scanners
Norton Power Eraser
Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool
Malwarebytes Free
Malware sample testing
I do participate in malware testing. See details about my testing environment below.
Environment for malware testing
VMware Workstation 17 / Win11 custom tweeking
Browser(s) and extensions
Brave Browser (uBlock Origin, Privacy Badger, SafeToOpen, Nordpass)
Secure DNS
NextDNS (custom rules)
Desktop VPN
NordVPN / Astrill
Password manager
NordPass
Maintenance tools
PatchMyPCUpdater
Privazer
File and Photo backup
Acronis - Ghost
Cloud : SukuDrive, MEGA 1To (file encrypted with VeraCrypt)
Subscriptions
    • Apple iCloud+ 50GB
System recovery
Ghost every month of my system (backed up on my NAS with RAID 5)
Cloud with data encryption
Risk factors
    • Browsing to popular websites
    • Browsing to unknown / untrusted / shady sites
    • Browsing the dark web
    • Working from home
    • Making audio/video calls
    • Opening email attachments
    • Buying from online stores, entering banks card details
    • Logging into my bank account
    • Downloading software and files from reputable sites
    • Downloading software and files from unknown / untrusted / shady sites
    • Sharing and receiving files and torrents
    • Requesting and accepting remote access
    • Gaming
    • Streaming audio/video content from trusted sites or paid subscriptions
    • Streaming audio/video content from shady sites
    • Downloading malware samples
Computer specs
AMD Ryzen 7 7700X
ASUS Radeon RX6800XT OC
32Go DDR5 6000MHz Corsair Vengeance
2 SSD (1 MVNE Aorus 1To Gen4 and 1 WD 1To) and 1 HDD Seagate Baracuda 1To
What I'm looking for?

Looking for medium feedback.

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Apr 21, 2016
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Hello! I'm here to help with your 2024 update! What specific changes or upgrades are you considering for your setup this year? Let me know how I can assist you in optimizing your PC configuration for 2024!
 
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Shadowra

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Hello! I'm here to help with your 2024 update! What specific changes or upgrades are you considering for your setup this year? Let me know how I can assist you in optimizing your PC configuration for 2024!

I've already made the changes I wanted to make.
Most importantly, I've set up a monthly backup of my PC through my NAS (I have 4 hard drives) to recover as needed.
I also do a Ghost manually every 3 months (a NAS failure can happen).
And a few minor modifications.
 

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Apr 21, 2016
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I've already made the changes I wanted to make.
Most importantly, I've set up a monthly backup of my PC through my NAS (I have 4 hard drives) to recover as needed.
I also do a Ghost manually every 3 months (a NAS failure can happen).
And a few minor modifications.
It's great to hear that you've taken proactive steps to ensure the safety and security of your data by setting up regular backups through your NAS and performing manual Ghost backups every 3 months. Having multiple layers of backup is a smart approach to protect your data from potential failures.

If you have any specific questions or need further assistance with your setup or any other aspect of your PC configuration, feel free to let me know. I'm here to help with any additional tweaks or optimizations you may be considering for your setup in 2024!
 
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Risk factors: do you do all this on the same machine?

Have you considered segmenting your home network and having multiple machines isolated, one for testing risky behavior and the other segment/machine for personal business, banking and buying online?
 

Shadowra

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Risk factors: do you do all this on the same machine?

Have you considered segmenting your home network and having multiple machines isolated, one for testing risky behavior and the other segment/machine for personal business, banking and buying online?

This is already the case for PCs :)

For the rest, I have 2 connections at home.
One is FTTH, which is personal. It has never hosted a VM, nor a malicious connection.

The 2nd is a 4G connection with an unlimited package, which I change regularly. I keep the same provider, yes, but I regularly change the SIM. It's used for malware analysis + my tests. I also have a self-created VPN in Wireguard ;)
 
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ForgottenSeer 109138

This is already the case for PCs :)

For the rest, I have 2 connections at home.
One is FTTH, which is personal. It has never hosted a VM, nor a malicious connection.

The 2nd is a 4G connection with an unlimited package, which I change regularly. I keep the same provider, yes, but I regularly change the SIM. It's used for malware analysis + my tests. I also have a self-created VPN in Wireguard ;)
Glad to hear that as I was a little concerned reading that list lol.
 

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