Advanced Plus Security tidyloop Security Config 2023

Last updated
Oct 17, 2023
How it's used?
For home and private use
Operating system
Windows 11
Other operating system
On-device encryption
BitLocker Device Encryption for Windows
Log-in security
    • Basic account password (insecure)
Security updates
Allow security updates and latest features
Update channels
Allow stable updates only
User Access Control
Always notify
Smart App Control
Network firewall
About WiFi router
ASUS router with Trend 'AiProtection' enabled
Real-time security
Microsoft Defender with ConfigureDefender set to HIGH
Firewall security
Microsoft Defender Firewall
About custom security
- Disabled Memory Integrity protection due to VMWare Workstation requirements

- Hard_Configurator - Applied 'Windows_10_Recommended_Enhanced'.

Hide 'Run As Administrator' is off. Set Block PowerShell Script = OFF due to some scripts like UpdateHub (Recommended_Enhanced profile blocks powershell.exe and powershell_ise.exe under Block Sponsors which blocks PowerShell scripts from running with standard rights).

- Run as a 'standard user' by default, using Rus As for admin
- FirewallHardening with all LOLBins and MS Office selected
Periodic malware scanners
Hitman Pro
Malware sample testing
I do not participate in malware testing
Environment for malware testing
Browser(s) and extensions
Microsoft Edge. Extensions - uBlock Origin, Bitdefender Traffic Light, 1password, SponsorBlock
Secure DNS
NextDNS. NextDNS. Security: All settings enabled. Privacy: HaGeZi - Multi NORMAL block list enabled. Other settings per GitHub - yokoffing/NextDNS-Config: Setup guide for NextDNS, a DoH proxy with advanced capabilities.
Desktop VPN
AdGuard VPN
Password manager
Maintenance tools
PatchMyPC and RuckZuck for software updates
Autoruns, Process Explorer configured to check
File and Photo backup
System recovery
EaseUS - copy saved on portable USB drive kept disconnected when not copying images to it
Risk factors
    • Browsing to popular websites
    • Working from home
    • Making audio/video calls
    • Opening email attachments
    • Buying from online stores, entering banks card details
    • Logging into my bank account
    • Downloading software and files from reputable sites
    • Streaming audio/video content from trusted sites or paid subscriptions
Computer specs
2020 Dell XPS Laptop. Intel CPU and GPU. 16GB RAM. 256GB SSD.
Notable changes
15/10/23: Replaced SUMo with PatchMyPC, UpdateHub and RuckZuck (they don't cover as many applications)
16/10/23: - Disabled Memory Integrity protection due to VMWare Workstation requirements.
Adjusted setting in Hard_Configurator, slightly decreasing protection, due to compatibility type issues.
Added Bitdefender Traffic Light extension and AdGuard VPN.
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