Advanced Security Timothytimes' Security Config 2022

Last updated
Jun 24, 2022
Use case
A shared device for my family
Shared with
Desktop OS
Windows 11
Windows OS SKU
Pro
Login Unlock
    • Passwordless PIN or Biometrics
Sign-in with
Microsoft account
Primary user
Administrator rights - Full permissions that can perform harmful changes
OS updates
Automatic updates
Windows UAC
Always notify
Network firewall
Unsure about my network security
Always-on protection
F-Secure SAFE 18.3
Malwarebytes Windows Firewall Control
Firewall
Third-party App Firewall. (Details shared below)
Custom RT/Firewall security
O&O ShutUp10++: almost all the recommended settings
Simple Windows Hardening: basic recommended settings
Malware testing
No malware samples
Periodic scanning
Emsisoft Emergency Kit, Adwcleaner, HitmanPro, Norton Power Eraser
Secure DNS
Comss.one DNS (system-wide)
VPN
Windscribe or Bitdefender VPN (when it's necessary)
Password manager
Bitwarden (desktop application and browser extension) and KeepassXC (for backups)
Browsers and Extensions
Librewolf 100.0.2-1
Extensions: Bitwarden, Browsing Protection by F-Secure, Netcraft, Feedbro, Tampermonkey (AdGuard Extra), Translate Web Pages, uBlock Origin (filters, medium mode), AnonAddy
Search engine: Startpage
Utilities for Maintenance
Reg Organizer 8.91, Revo Uninstaller Pro 5.0.1, SUMo
Files & Photos backup
iCloud; MEGA
Files & Photos backup routine
Manual
Emergency recovery plan
-
Integrity of recovery plan
None
Tasks performed
    • Working from home
    • Browsing the web
    • Browsing to unknown sites
    • Receiving, sending and opening email attachments
    • Buying goods from online stores, entering card details and addresses
    • Logging into personal banking to check statements and payments
    • Downloading software from reputable sites
    • Sharing and receiving files and torrents
    • PC games, mods and cloud-based gaming
    • Watching movies and TV series via subscriptions
Computer specs
i3 7100, GTX 1050Ti, 8Gb DDR4, 1Tb HDD.
Notable changes
01.01.2022 - the post was created;
02.01.2022 - deleted Privacy Badger, DDG Privacy Essentials, LocalCDN and ClearURLs; enabled medium blocking mode in uBo and strict tracking protection in Firefox;
04.02.2022 - switched from FS Protection and Simplewall to Kaspersky Standard;
18.02.2022 - deleted Avast AntiTrack;
23.02.2022 - switched from Kaspersky Standard to FS Protection and Simplewall.
20.03.2022 - switched from Firefox to librewolf
25.05.2022 - added Simple Windows Hardening
Feedback response

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

Kongo

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I'm not either but I found this on Reddit Who knows what to believe on R when there are no references/documentation.

I believe if you select "Custom", Cookies -> "All 3rd party cookies" and Tracking content -> "In all windows" it is at least as strong if not more so. Website breakage could occur but I've never encountered any while blocking 3rd party cookies.

In the end I think it's 6 of one, 1/2 dozen of the other. FF strict is very good protection with recent developments.

I personally will stick with strict as it barely gives me any problems and because I think that there is a reason why Mozilla is telling us to use the strict profile in order to make dFPI work.
 

oldschool

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I personally will stick with strict as it barely gives me any problems and because I think that there is a reason why Mozilla is telling us to use the strict profile in order to make dFPI work.
Indeed, as I mentioned (or intended) in my follow-up post, since Custom defaults to Private Browsing Mode. There's no clear indication by Mozilla about Custom -> Tracking content ->"In all windows" setting.
 
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plat

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FYI, If you've picked up cross-site trackers and you're using the Standard setting, you might see a little icon in Firefox's address bar like in my spoiler here.

What do you think of this comment?


If you think I'm arguing to maintain my point, that's actually not the case (lol). I 'd welcome any clarification about this if it's justified. Actually, I found this topic very intriguing when it first was addressed back in April 2021 on Wilders but nothing's set in stone when it comes to Firefox.

If the Strict setting is the only one to handle this kind of cookie blocking, then good, the discussion can end right there. And frankly, I would not expect someone to deviate from what Moz itself is telling one about this issue (that is: to use the Strict setting). Ultimately, It's not about influencing who does what where in the Settings but seeing an issue from more than one perspective.

I learned the hard way not to block all third party cookies. You just never know and it's a total nuisance to drop whatever you're doing and go rummaging around in the browser to undo this or that setting.

Thanks for bringing up this interesting subject again. Well....at least I find it interesting. :geek::coffee:
 
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