SECURITY: Complete truemax PC Security Configuration

Last updated
Aug 8, 2019
Operating system
Windows 10
Sign-in identity
Sign-in with Local account
Log-in security
    • Account password
Permissions
Administrator user account
Security updates
Automatic - allow all types of updates
Windows UAC
Maximum - always notify
Malware samples
No - malware is not downloaded
Firewall protection
Microsoft Defender Firewall
Real-time malware protection
Windows Defender
RTP & OS hardening settings
ConfigureDefender set to High
Periodic scanning
EEK; Malwarebytes Free
Browsers
Google Chrome:
uBlock Origin
Lastpass
Free VPN
Steam Inventory Helper
Optimisation apps
None
My Files & Photos backup
Macrium Reflect Free
My Files backup schedule
Manual - every month to the cloud, or local attached storage
Device recovery & settings
None
Device backup schedule
Computer specifications
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard: MSI X470 GAMING PRO ATX AM4 Motherboard
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo Plus 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6 GB Mini Video Card
Case: Corsair SPEC-DELTA RGB ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply
Device activity usage
  1. Computer games
  2. Financial and sensitive documents
  3. Generic web browsing
  4. Streaming audio and video content from the Internet
  5. Downloading files from unfamiliar sites

Your changelog
13/01/19 Set UAC to Always Notify
13/01/19 Update Windows to 1903 version
13/01/19 Install Macrium Reflect
13/01/19 Set up ConfigureDefender => MAX
13/01/19 Enabled Run By Smartscreen
13/01/19 Enabled Password Prompt For Any UAC Access.
13/01/19 Set up ConfigureDefender => High for lower chance of false positive.

truemax

Level 1
Oct 29, 2015
42
Hello

Never really spent too much time protecting my system, since i've been somewhat careful about what am i download and from where.
But these days scammers and other malicious people can easily replicate real website from real one to the point where it's hard to spot the difference.

As much i've been careful about downloads and stuff, i have completely lost whole data 2-3 times. My fault sometimes, sometimes not (installer bricks whole system duo to error etc...)
So finally i'm ready to protect my system as best as i can. Can't have data loss anymore duo to virus or something.

So please let's see what can we do about it.
 

plat1098

Level 23
Verified
Sep 13, 2018
1,203
Well, a number of things but first: Windows v. 1909 should be the easiest most painless "upgrade" as it simply activates some features already installed but inactive in v. 1903 (which it seems you're running now). Any reason not to go to 1909? You can also make some adjustments to how updates are delivered--I see you have updates turned off.

Also, if you have an extra HDD or two lying around somewhere, they make great external storage devices. Enclosures can be very inexpensive, you can move your date over to one and then take it offline, which is the safest thing you can do in handling your data. Give it a thought? :)
 

truemax

Level 1
Oct 29, 2015
42
Well, a number of things but first: Windows v. 1909 should be the easiest most painless "upgrade" as it simply activates some features already installed but inactive in v. 1903 (which it seems you're running now). Any reason not to go to 1909? You can also make some adjustments to how updates are delivered--I see you have updates turned off.

Also, if you have an extra HDD or two lying around somewhere, they make great external storage devices. Enclosures can be very inexpensive, you can move your date over to one and then take it offline, which is the safest thing you can do in handling your data. Give it a thought? :)

Okay. Updated to 1903. For hard drive at the moment i don't have one laying around.What about getting 2TB External one? For complete backing up my C drive (500gb) with OS and other stuff, and D (500gb) for games and stuff.?
What are my options for backing up at the moment? Cloud? Got usb of 16GB somewhere :D
 

oldschool

Level 59
Verified
Mar 29, 2018
4,857
As much i've been careful about downloads and stuff, i have completely lost whole data 2-3 times.

I suggest UAC to "Always notify", switching to Standard User Account and adding ConfigurDefender to take advantage of WD's full capabilities.
You may use Windows File History and built-in system imaging for backups, or add Aomei Backerupper or Macrium Reflect, both of which have free versions. I use built-in but I like Aomei too.

Also, there is this neat app RunBySmartscreen for an extra file check.
 
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