SECURE [STAFF] Soulweave's Windows System

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  1. Soulweave

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    #1 Soulweave, Oct 27, 2016
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2017
    Most recent changes:
    11/11/2017
    Operating System:
    • Windows 10
    OS Edition:
    Home
    OS Build:
    Latest
    OS Architecture:
    64-bit
    User Access Control:
    Default
    Firewall:
    Windows Firewall
    OS Security Updates:
    Automatic Updates
    OS File Reputation:
    • SmartScreen for Windows 10
    Type of User Account:
    Local Account
    Recent Malware Attacks:
    No
    Testing AV's with Malware Samples:
    No
    Real-time Malware Protection:
    Kaspersky Antivirus 18
    On-demand Scanners:
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
    Security Product Settings:
    Custom
    Browsers and Extensions:
    Google Chrome with WebRTC Network Limiter and Don't track me Google extensions
    Preferred Search Engine:
    Google
    Password Manager:
    Keepass
    Content Blocker (Ads, Scripts, Trackers):
    Adguard native application and WebRTC Network Limiter
    Frequently used System Utilities:
    CCleaner
    Frequency of Data Backups:
    Custom Backups
    Data Backup Software:
    AOMEI Backupper
    Frequency of System Image Backups:
    Manual / On-demand Backups
    System Image Backup Software:
    AOMEI Backupper
    Machine Specs:
    https://malwaretips.com/threads/my-gaming-system-soulweave.40680/
    This system is solely used for Online and Offline Gaming, with the occasional browsing. Nevertheless it has been heavily customized.
     
  2. Exterminator

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    The " Professor " of Linux! Not much more that can be said.
     
  3. Soulweave

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    Linux Project complete.

    Moved away from Bodhi Linux, Arch Linux etc (only reason to move from Arch was still same old: maintenance).

    Settled to run on Bare Metal Linux Mint (well saves me time to do majority of tweaks and is stable).
    Updates:
    Linux Distributions rely on same HOME partition:
    Linux Mint Cinnamon; Linux Mint MATE and Linux Mint XFCE

    Stock Kernel provided by Linux Mint (no need to custom the Kernel)
    PPA Manager
    ZSH shell (replacement of BASH)
    Oh My ZSH extension
    TLP
    Grub Customizer
    Timeshift (Backup Tool)
    GIT
    Synaptic tweaks such as: Consider recommended packages as dependencies
    Removed some stock apps and replaced with others

    Some other quality of life apps and tweaks (reference guide for those who wish to tweak to a certain extend: 10 things to do first in Linux Mint 18 Sarah - Easy Linux tips project)

    On VirtualBox I run for testing purposes and tweakings Debian Stable Branch with Cinnamon, MATE and XFCE
    ZSH shell (replacement of BASH)
    Oh My ZSH extension
    Synaptic Package Manager
    apt-xapian-index
    Gdebi
    Gksu
    TLP
    Grub Customizer
    GIT
    UFW and GUFW

    Additional tweaks on Debian system were made.
     
  4. bunchuu

    bunchuu Level 7

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    sorry for my silly question, "bare metal" in your description is direct virtualization atop of hardware? what software do you use to setup that?
     
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  5. Soulweave

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    bare metal: no virtualization, so basically full install. Its a 4 OS boot system (3 Linux 1 Windows).
     
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  6. Soulweave

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    Update:
    Ditched all distros: MATE tho nice and feels like good old Gnome2, I still prefer XFCE.

    Quad boot no longer. Instead:

    Currently running Xubuntu 16.04 on a dual boot system managed by Grub2 (W10).
    Daily drivers are actually either Linux or Windows 10, depending on what I am doing (excluding gaming which is solely done in Windows).

    Xubuntu 16.04:
    Stock kernel by Xubuntu + mainline compiled kernel
    PPA Manager
    ZSH shell (replacement of BASH)
    Oh My ZSH extension
    TLP
    Grub Customizer
    Timeshift (Backup Tool)
    GIT
    Synaptic tweaks such as: Consider recommended packages as dependencies
    Removed some stock apps and replaced with others

    Some other quality of life apps and tweaks (reference guide for those who wish to tweak to a certain extend: 10 things to do first in Linux Mint 18 Sarah - Easy Linux tips project)

    On other systems I run one or another of the following:
    Debian Stable Branch with XFCE
    ZSH shell (replacement of BASH)
    Oh My ZSH extension
    Synaptic Package Manager
    apt-xapian-index
    Gdebi
    Gksu
    TLP
    Grub Customizer
    GIT
    UFW and GUFW

    Additional tweaks on Debian system were made.

    Arch Linux with XFCE (Kernel 4.8.7 as well as LTS):
    ZSH shell (replacement of BASH)
    Oh My ZSH extension
    Pacman
    tkpacman
    Pamac
    TLP
    AUR repos enabled
    Custom rules for certain packages and dependencies to not be upgraded
    GIT
    UFW and GUFW
    Other tweaks on the system
     
  7. Svoll

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    I am so jealous, I wish i can get a Secure Stamp from the staff, Is it possible to copy your config on Linux Mint Cinnamon?
     
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  8. Soulweave

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    you can use the XFCE one yes, but on ZSH shell, readup first before you switch from BASH to ZSH.
     
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  9. Spawn

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    At the time of posting, your security setup was given the green badge | Link
     
  10. Svoll

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    #10 Svoll, Nov 28, 2016
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2016
    Thank you!!! @SpawnIts such a great feeling for a novice knowing that his PC is secured. :)

    @Soulweave Tryed out your config with Mint Cinnanom and I seem to have an easier time with ubuntu. Attempting to migrate with oh-my-zsh, lets hope I am doing it properly.
     
  11. Soulweave

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    zsh is a slightly different shell and having the omz plugin makes things easier or harder depending on user knowledge.

    Ubuntu and mint despite having same base they have totally different tweaks. Same as Ubuntu vs xubuntu.

    if I build an Ubuntu lts and mimic xubuntu it will still be have different due to tweaks under the hood.

    I have heavily customized all three types of distro that I use, but I only listed some programs i use since the tweaks etc are not recommended for new users.

    I would suggest a 6 month trial in virtual box before you attempt the switch. This applies to zsh she'll as well.
     
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  12. Svoll

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    Thanks for the advice!!! Still experimenting with it in VMware, you have no idea how many times I had to restore my snapshots, LoL!! its a very fun and challenging task, in awe of you and many others here that seem to make it so easy.
     
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  13. _CyberGhosT_

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    Hows that config for Xubuntu 16.04 running ?
    You know I love Mint, but I have been flirting with the idea of
    swapping to Xubuntu, the images on google look very nice but
    in some circles and support forums I see boot issues prevalent ?
     
  14. Soulweave

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    Xubuntu works just as LM XFCE. differences are in software loaded and some under the hood tweaks.

    I only added Xubuntu as a dual boot because I couldnt be asked to do the tweaks on a Debian system.

    When I have time I will ditch the Xubuntu. I also use Xubuntu due to PPAs for themes etc, but can easily migrate them in a Debian system, just takes some time to set up properly.
     
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  15. security.paranoid

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    no antimalware installed :eek: are you kidding me ? ok im out ^_^
     
  16. XIII

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    Do him a solid and leave him a link of your favourite antimalware that you recommend. o_O
     
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  17. security.paranoid

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    #17 security.paranoid, Dec 8, 2016
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    hahahaha linux kernel and selinux :D

    [​IMG]
     
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  18. Soulweave

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    don't see a need when using linux. On windows is a different ball game.
     
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  19. tim one

    tim one Level 19
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    Under Linux distros, the update of bugs and flaws that could allow some system infections is very different compared to Windows, and it is done immediately after discovering a problem, making immediately available the update .
    Therefore, it is clear as to Linux it is much less important to use an antivirus, although in some cases recommended.
    I have friends, developers at a professional level that use Linux, and they don't use AV, and they have never had poblems of this kind.
     
  20. Soulweave

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    Currently playing with Peppermint OS 7 Respin.
    Not bad for a distro but doubt I will see myself using that much enough to fully convert it into daily driver.

    Most likely go Xubuntu/Lubuntu route with heavy customization instead (current Xubuntu is minimally tweaked). Tests being conducted in VBOX
     
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