Advanced Security Timothytimes' Security Config 2022

Last updated
Mar 20, 2022
About
Personal and shared with family members
Additional PC users
3 additional users
Desktop OS
Windows 11
OS edition
Pro
Login security
    • Password-less (PIN, Biometric, Face)
Primary sign-in
Microsoft account
Primary user
Admin user - Full permissions
Security updates
Automatic - allow all types of updates
Windows UAC
Maximum - always notify
Network firewall
None or Don't know
Real-time protection
F-Secure SAFE 18.3
simplewall 3.6.3
Software firewall
Provided by a third-party security vendor. Refer to 'Real-time protection' for details.
Custom RTP, Firewall and OS settings
simplewall: Microsoft telemetry and spying - block
O&O ShutUp10++: almost all the recommended settings
Malware testing
No malware samples
Periodic security scanners
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)
Browsers, Search and Addons
Librewolf 100.0-3
Extensions: Bitwarden, Browsing Protection by F-Secure, Netcraft, Feedbro, Tampermonkey (AdGuard Extra), Translate Web Pages, uBlock Origin (filters, medium mode), AnonAddy
Search engine: Startpage
Maintenance and Cleaning
Reg Organizer 8.91, Revo Uninstaller Pro 5.0.1, SUMo
Personal Files & Photos backup
iCloud; MEGA
Personal backup routine
Manual (maintained by self)
Device recovery & backup
-
Device backup routine
None
PC activity
  1. Working from home. 
  2. Browsing the web. 
  3. Browsing to unknown sites. 
  4. Emails. 
  5. Shopping. 
  6. Banking. 
  7. Downloading software. 
  8. File sharing and torrents. 
  9. PC and cloud gaming. 
  10. Multimedia. 
Computer specs
i3 7100, GTX 1050Ti, 8Gb DDR4, 1Tb HDD.
Personal changelog
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
Feedback Response

General feedback

SecureKongo

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Feb 25, 2017
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I'm not either but I found this on Reddit https://www.reddit.com/r/firefox/comments/rp8fk7/_/hq2zdy2 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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Mar 29, 2018
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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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plat1098

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Sep 13, 2018
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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: