Advanced Security Thales' Config 2023

Last updated
Oct 30, 2023
How it's used?
For home and private use
Operating system
Windows 11
On-device encryption
BitLocker Device Encryption for Windows
Log-in security
    • Biometrics (Windows Hello PIN, TouchID, Face, Iris, Fingerprint)
Security updates
Allow security updates and latest features
Update channels
Allow stable updates only
User Access Control
Always notify
Smart App Control
Network firewall
Real-time security
  1. Avast
  2. OSA
Firewall security
Microsoft Defender Firewall
About custom security
Avast Free
File Shield + Behavior Shield only
High Sensitivity everywhere + hardened mode.
OSA: Custom
GPO: Bitlocker is changed to 256 bit
Periodic malware scanners
Windows Defender
Malware sample testing
I do not participate in malware testing
Environment for malware testing
Browser(s) and extensions
Firefox: I don't care about cookies
Secure DNS
Desktop VPN
Password manager
Maintenance tools
Wise Disk Cleaner Free (Auto clean-up daily)
File and Photo backup
Mainly: Local Offline backups.
Google One (200GB)
Other clouds for my password database
System recovery
Macrium Reflect
Risk factors
    • Browsing to popular websites
    • Working from home
    • Opening email attachments
    • Buying from online stores, entering banks card details
    • Logging into my bank account
    • Downloading software and files from reputable sites
    • Sharing and receiving files and torrents
    • Gaming
    • Streaming audio/video content from trusted sites or paid subscriptions
Computer specs
What I'm looking for?

Looking for maximum feedback.


Level 15
Thread author
Top Poster
Nov 26, 2017
I just tried Windows 11. Let's wait for windows 12 :D

Quick notes
AOMEI backupper during the restore makes double hidden system drives.
Paragon backupper requires to disable bitlocker protection before the restore.


Level 15
Thread author
Top Poster
Nov 26, 2017
I switched from OneDrive (100GB) to Google Drive because it's cheap and offers me 200GB of storage.
I changed my version markings from 'file 2023-04-17' to 'file 230417.'

I still have three months left with GoodSync, and I tried searching for another sync app with cloud syncing options, but I only found one: SyncBackPro. However, it's very expensive.
I need to sync apple cloud, dropbox, box, and mega but I'm not gonna install their sync app.

Avast and OSA works well.
I could use WD with Defender control. I like that I have options.

Portable apps also works and there is no error at all.
I'm not sure but probably 3rd party uninstaller is useless but I don't like the native windows uninstaller.
I still don't like windows 11, so I'm gonna skip it wait for windows 12 :)

Probably the best windows setup I've ever made.


Level 15
Thread author
Top Poster
Nov 26, 2017
I've been using ControlD for one week. I love it so far.



Level 15
Thread author
Top Poster
Nov 26, 2017
It’s pretty good. I had a pretty annoying couple of days when they started blocking Apple services out of the blue and my phone became difficult to use a few months ago.
Interesting. I have an Ipad but I had no problem with it when I started using the service.
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Level 15
Thread author
Top Poster
Nov 26, 2017
I wanted to install Linux again, but I couldn't solve the communication problem between my laptop and my monitor (DP to USB-C).
So, I gave Windows 11 another shot. I initially wanted to skip this OS; however, I found it fast and beautiful.

Just a few interesting things:

Currently, I use Avast because WD requires modifications in Group policy, but I'm lazy right now, and I still have 5 months left from OSA, so Smart App Control is off.
Windows Outlook is a pain in the ***. I can minimize it to the tray, but there is no option to start with Windows. eM Client is still superior, so I stick to it.
Sometimes, Google Drive shows outdated structures when I sync, and I figured out the solution. In the sync program, I have to use the "mirror" option and not the "update" sync option. Problem solved :D
ControlD is fantastic; I will be a subscriber.
Currently, I use Firefox instead of Edge, but there is no specific reason.

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