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#1 Seraph_007

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Posted 13 November 2016 - 10:25 AM

Hi Folks,

Need your opinion on two machines and how they can be made more secure by analyzing respective users' online behavior.

Machine 1:

HW Specs: AMD A8 5550M w/ 8G ram [resource utilization is not a concern]
OS: Win 10 (build 10586.633)
Security Component:

  • 1. Kaspersky IS (daily scan, customized setting)
  • 2. Sophos free for backup scanning (weekly scan)
  • 3. Bitdefender/Dr.Web image burnt on USB if I'm feeling paranoid enough

Browser: Firefox,Vivaldi
Browser Add-on: Ghostery, adblock-plus, https everywhere, track me not request, few bells and whstles to show website's location and IP, Goosgle analytics opt out.
[Vivaldi  runs without any add-ons, it is used for those websites which do not play nicely with ABP]

Online Transaction: Yes, with Kaspersky Safe Money
Password Manager: Norton Identity Safe

Torrent: Yes, with VPN
Shady sites:

  • Level 1--> Kaspersky Safe Money's private window
  • Level 2--> private window in VPN

Riskier sites: No, but use Linux OS if need be..
VPN: yes, Cyberghost and SecurityKISS


Machine 2:

HW Specs: i3 w/ 3G ram [resource utilization is a concern]
OS: Win 10
Security Component:

  • 1. ESET Smart Security (customized setting)
  • 2. Emsisoft Anti Malware (realtime protection turned off, monthly scan)

Browser: Chrome,Edge
Browser Add-on: WOT
Online Transaction: No, uses Machine 1
Password Manager: No
Torrent: Previously Yes.
Shady sites: Yes
Riskier sites: No
VPN: No

I have another machine but it uses linux with customized iptables/firewalld settings, bitdefender for unices as on-demand scanner and SElinux enforced. So that's pretty much secure.

The user for Machine 2 is too reluctant to secure her digital footstep, as it requires "TOO MUCH" user intervention. Can Machine 2 be set up as 'Set it & Forget it' ?
Please post your thoughts and opinions separately for these two machines..



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#2 Sintharius

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Posted 14 November 2016 - 07:07 AM

I would add some sort of antimalware (MBAM or EAM) to machine 1, and replace Adblock Plus with uBlock Origin (blocks more, uses less resources).

Torrents are always a security risk regardless of whether you use a VPN or not because of how peer-to-peer file sharing works (taking bits and pieces of files from other users). I recommend dropping torrenting altogether, unless for legit purposes (i.e. downloading Linux distros).

For machine 2, I recommend using only one of the two to avoid conflicts. If you only use Emsisoft for monthly scans, it is better to use Emsisoft Emergency Kit instead. An adblocker and antiexploit software is also recommended to reduce attack surface.

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Posted 15 November 2016 - 04:52 AM

I'd loose WOT on machine 2 as in my experience it shows some bad sites as good.

I have been using Avira browser safety for a bit and it's been very good. You could also use a Host file like MVP hosts to along side.

You could also add Mbam anti exploit and Https everywhere.



#4 Seraph_007

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Posted 19 November 2016 - 08:47 AM

Thanks folks. Also I think I should mention that machine 1 uses Norton's DNS servers.

 

I remember there was a link somewhere for setting up mbam alongside kaspersky, and excluding each other .. I have searched a bit but cannot find it. Can someone please help?



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Posted 27 November 2016 - 04:36 PM

Exclusion rules here

https://support.kaspersky.com/2695






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