The key risk I am concerned about is that it might be possible for attackers to find a hole which they could use to run code and install malware. I believe this has something to do with "ports".
Can anyone provide a guide on the best way to set up the windows firewall under these circumstances, for a user who:
doesn't have a complex network,
doesn't use sharing of printers or other devices between multiple machines,
doesn't use wi-fi,
doesn't use any direct connectons between computers,
doesn't have any router,
doesn't have any special kind of modem,
gets his internet just by plugging a cable in between his machine and a socket,
doesn't use a microsoft account,
has a static IP address (whenever I look up what my IP is it is always the same),
doesn't use the windows store,
uses firefox as their browser most of the time and chrome sometimes,
does his emails through webmail interfaces (gmail),
sometimes uploads files to google drive via the browser for backing up,
sometimes downloads files via the browser but very rarely downloads new programs,
lets browsers,plugins, most programs and his and antivirus update themselves fully automatically,
has windows update set to check automatically but not download or install anything until he chooses to,
runs avast as his antivirus,
runs malwarebytes anti-exploit for some extra protection,
uses the free version of MBAM as an on demand scanner,
has UAC on it's highest setting,
It would be helpful to also know if the same advice for setting up the firewall applies to a windows 8.1 machine as well.
Edited by rp88, 13 June 2015 - 12:42 PM.