SECURE [Staff] Spawn's Windows config

Most recent changes
Jul 19, 2018
Operating System
Windows 10
Windows Edition
Pro
Build
April Update v1803
System type
64-bit OS
Security Updates
Automatic Updates - All security and feature updates
User Access Control
Default - For App installs & Modify system settings
Device Firewall
Windows Firewall - Network security provided by Microsoft
Device Security
Windows Defender SmartScreen
User Account
Administrator - User has complete control over the device
Recent Security Issues
Not in a long time
Security Testing with Malware
No - Malware is avoided where possible
Real-time Web & Malware Protection
Windows Defender Antivirus (Configured to Block at First Sight, PUA Protection)
Unchecky
Security Protection settings
Custom - Minor changes for Increased Security
Virus and Malware Removal Tools
None
Browsers and Extensions
Google Chrome -- 64-bit
- Decentraleyes
- LastPass
- Privacy Badger
- TunnelBear Blocker & Nano Defender

Microsoft Edge -- 64-bit
- Ghostery
Web Privacy
Cloudflare 1.1.1.1
Default Web Search
Google and Bing
System Utilities collection
Geek Uninstaller
Search Everything
Wise Disk Cleaner
Personal data Backup
Google Backup and Sync
Microsoft OneDrive with Files On Demand to save storage space
Intervals between Personal data backups
Always-on Sync
Disk Imaging Backup
Macrium Reflect 7.1 Free
Intervals between System Image backups
Rarely

Spawn

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#1
Settings > Apps & Features
Let Windows warn me before installing apps from outside the Microsoft Store.

About Disk imaging backups
Macrium Reflect system images are created once per 6 months, or before upgrading Windows 10 to next major stable build.
 
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Umbra

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Just look around on Ebay - I bought mine for about $3 ;)
i know those, thy aren't very legit; those sellers bought volume licenses and sell them separately, one day or another they may be blacklisted; but for 3$ indeed who cares, however, in my case i wont like to lose all my tweaks because of that.
 
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Macrium Reflect image to external drive (once per 18-24 months)
Is this right? Maybe you make very little changes to your machine over time, thats the only way your backup could be of any use after such a long period, maybe you use system restore?
 

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#9
You use Adguard extension or desktop app?
Adguard browser extensions.
+1 for the upgrade to Pro; btw, how much for the license?
Windows 8.1 Pro license - no fee.
Is this right? Maybe you make very little changes to your machine over time, thats the only way your backup could be of any use after such a long period, maybe you use system restore?
Two reasons:
  1. Laziness
  2. Recovery options > Reset my PC
It's never was robust solution, so System Restore is disabled (by default).
 

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Is this right? Maybe you make very little changes to your machine over time, thats the only way your backup could be of any use after such a long period, maybe you use system restore?
Changed to every 6 months, prior to Major Windows 10 Updates (March/April and September/October).
 
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After that post I considered your backup schedule, it must be all you need, it's just so different from mine but then I do make a lot of changes and try many different programs, you probably don't so you could go for long periods like that. In my own little world. Thanks for your time and efforts here on the forum.
 

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