Advanced Plus Security silversurfer Laptop Config 2022

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Nov 22, 2022
Use case
For personal use
Shared with
No one
Desktop OS
Windows 11
Windows OS SKU
Home
Login Unlock
    • Passwordless PIN or Biometrics
Sign-in with
Local account (offline)
Primary user
Standard rights - Restricted permissions that prevent harmful changes
OS updates
Automatic updates
Windows UAC
Always notify
Network firewall
Router with network security
Always-on protection
  • Kaspersky Free
  • Windows Firewall Control
  • Simple Windows Hardening
Firewall
Microsoft Defender Firewall (Windows 11 or 10)
Custom RT/Firewall security
Kaspersky Free: HTTPS scanning disabled.
WFC: Secure Profile/Rules enabled - Display Notifications.
SWH: SRP disabled - Hardening: Restrictions...
Malware testing
Interactions that includes analysis, reverse-engineering, execution or storage of malware samples
Periodic scanning
KVRT, EEK, NPE.
Secure DNS
Either Quad9 DNS or Cloudflare 1.1.1.2
VPN
Proton VPN Free
Password manager
KeePass Portable: "Key File" stored only on USB flash drive.
Bitwarden browser extension for Edge and Firefox.
Browsers and Extensions
Edge: AdGuard, Bitwarden, Dark Reader.
Firefox: uBlock Origin, Bitwarden, Dark Reader.
Utilities for Maintenance
Revo Uninstaller, PatchMyPC, Autoruns, Process Explorer, Sumatra PDF, O&O ShutUp10++
Files & Photos backup
iCloud for Windows as app from Microsoft Store.
Files & Photos backup routine
Automatic
Emergency recovery plan
Macrium Reflect 8 Home (full system backup stored on external drive)
Integrity of recovery plan
I have thoroughly tried and tested on multiple occasions, with many successful results.
Tasks performed
    • Browsing the web
    • Receiving, sending and opening email attachments
    • Downloading software from reputable sites
    • Watching movies and TV series via subscriptions
    • Streaming audio and videos from sites
Computer specs
Device: ASUS VivoBook 17
CPU: IntelCore i5-8250U
GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 620
RAM: DDR4 SDRAM 8GB
Storage: SSD 256GB
Notable changes
Apr 15, 2022
  • Removed: Kaspersky Free
  • Added: F-Secure Safe (Giveaway License)
Jul 13, 2022
  • Removed: F-Secure Safe
  • Addeed: Bitdefender Free
Aug 8, 2022
  • Removed: Bitdefender Free
  • Added: Kaspersky Free v21.7
Sep 20, 2022
  • OS updated to Windows 11 22H2
Sep 26, 2022
  • Added: Proton VPN
  • Removed: Windscribe
Nov 22, 2022
  • Added: Macrium Reflect 8 Home
Feedback response

I am partially satisfied. General feedback is greatly appreciated, to make improvements to my overall security / privacy.

Kongo

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Well thought through and strong config. Didn't expect less. (y)
Just would like to know if you ever tried HiBit Uninstaller. From my experience it's much smoother and easier to navigate than Revo. Also, as I am admittedly a NextDNS fanboy I'd like to know if you tried it yet and if so, why you are not using it.
 

silversurfer

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Well thought through and strong config. Didn't expect less. (y)
Just would like to know if you ever tried HiBit Uninstaller. From my experience it's much smoother and easier to navigate than Revo. Also, as I am admittedly a NextDNS fanboy I'd like to know if you tried it yet and if so, why you are not using it.

Yes, I tried recently again HiBit Uninstaller, works well even for me, but Revo is still more familiar to me since years, just my personal preference...

NextDNS, free user account limitation (300000 queries/month), I prefer to setup DoT on router. Honestly, I have to check a full month with my devices.
 

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Yes, I tried recently again HiBit Uninstaller, works well even for me, but Revo is still more familiar to me since years, just my personal preference...

NextDNS, free user account limitation (300000 queries/month), I prefer to setup DoT on router. Honestly, I have to check a full month with my devices.
Won't be enough for all devices probably but if you use the free account just for your browsers it might work out. :)
 

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For interested users, how looks the new UI of Kaspersky Free (21.5.11.384) and some basic settings, just check screenshots inside spoiler below:

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I'm running F-Secure for quite a while, so it's time to update my config today,
Removed: Kaspersky Free (English Version)
Added: F-Secure Safe (Giveaway License)
 

AG3S

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Thanks, I am also thinking of switching to F-Secure from Kaspersky.

I noticed some surprising behavior in my Mac from Kaspersky which made me not to use it anymore. Since I can not 100% prove it (and I am still looking into it) I am not going to share now to avoid sharing false information.

But I was considering F-Secure and Malwarebytes. I like Malwarebytes because on my Windows I can also keep my Windows defender active...
 

silversurfer

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How ? If you visit https://windscribe.com/features/use-for-free it's showing only 10 GB/month
Well, Windscribe has been given this "special" 50GB/month very long time ago. I believe that was in 2016. I never changed anything on my user account of Windscribe, so it's still same amount of free bandwidth usage like at the beginning.

Another query is, now I'm using Adguard browser extension previously used uBlocker. So what's better?
We can't say really what's better, both are very good adblockers. I am using Adguard on mobile. uBlockOrigin has more advanced features, but could be too complicated for standard users ;)
 

anirbandutta01

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Well, Windscribe has been given this "special" 50GB/month very long time ago. I believe that was in 2016. I never changed anything on my user account of Windscribe, so it's still same amount of free bandwidth usage like at the beginning.


We can't say really what's better, both are very good adblockers. I am using Adguard on mobile. uBlockOrigin has more advanced features, but could be too complicated for standard users ;)
Malwarebytes have it's own browser guard. Is it better to use?
 
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I was curious about Bitdefender Free (in my Hub tests performs very slow as usual for most of AVs running inside VM), but on my laptop it's really the opposite, low system impact and fast performance overall. So I decided to keep longer this free AV, at least for a few weeks ;)

Added: Bitdefender Free
Removed: F-Secure Safe
 
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