Recent changes
Mar 15, 2020
Operating system
Sign-in account
Sign in with Google ID
Log-in security
    • Account password
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
Windows Defender with Hard_Configurator
Firewall protection
Microsoft Defender Firewall
RTP configuration
Windows Defender: ConfigureDefender at close to recommended settings
Hard_Configurator: 5.0.0.1 at close to recommended settings.
Periodic scanners
none at present
VPN and Privacy
uBlock Origin
Browser(s) and Add-ons
Google Chrome and Microsoft Chromium
Maintenance tools
Hard_Configurator
Photos and Files backup
Dropbox
File backup schedule
Changes are automatically sync'd to my cloud storage provider
Backup and rollback
Macrium Reflect
Backup schedule
Manually managed on a weekly basis
Activity usage
  1. Financial and sensitive documents
  2. Generic web browsing
  3. Downloading and installing new software(s)
  4. Downloading files from unfamiliar sites
  5. Working from home
Computer hardware
Custom-built desktop
i5 6500
Intel integrated graphics
8 GB RAM
SSD + HDD

shmu26

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My daily driver is MX Linux 18.3 (default Xfce desktop) with Windows 10 in a virtual machine.
This keeps Windows isolated from removable usb devices (security advantage), and makes it independent of hardware drivers (less headaches).
 

askalan

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Out of interest (don't need to answer if too private), what applications do you use that are only available for Windows and for which you need a VM?

With VirtualBox you can also make snapshots and return to them (I noticed that because you use an additional program, but well, you probably have a reason for that).

Otherwise great configuration (y)
 

shmu26

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Out of interest (don't need to answer if too private), what applications do you use that are only available for Windows and for which you need a VM?

With VirtualBox you can also make snapshots and return to them (I noticed that because you use an additional program, but well, you probably have a reason for that).

Otherwise great configuration (y)
I use MS Office for my work (translating), and I also use a Hebrew digital library and a translating program (Babylon) that are Windows-only. I could replace all of the above with web apps, if I really needed to, but my internet connection is a little flaky, so I try not to rely on it for mission-critical tasks.

Yeah, you're right about the snapshots, I really need to figure out how to use them properly. They work sort of the opposite as in VMware, and I never reprogrammed my brain...