October 23, 2016

A baseline set of software and services for a home or professional Windows computer

This is a first installment on a post I've been writing (on and off, with lots of distractions) for the last month or two.  I started walking a friend through a list of security concerns and recommendations for their Windows computer, but soon found the subject complex enough that I needed to write it all down.  Later, as I started to document it all, I realized that others would benefit from it too.  Then it ballooned into a much larger task than I could have imagined, so it's still not ready.

So here is the Coles Notes version.  I'll finish the full write-up as soon as I find the time.

Area
Setting, Software, or Service
Router
WPA2 Personal/PSK, AES


Computer
TPM, ideally
Windows OS
Windows 10 Pro or
Windows 10 Home
Regular updates
Full disk encryption
BitLocker -- ideally using TPM-and-PIN mode
or
Device Encryption


Firewall
Windows Defender
Antivirus
AVG Free
or
Avast Free
Antimalware
VoodooShield Free
Browser privacy - Chrome
HTTPS Everywhere
uBlock Origin
Internet usage monitoring
GlassWire
VPN
TunnelBear


Password manager
LastPass Premium
Authenticator for 2FA
Authy


Container encryption
VeraCrypt -- needed if your computer drive isn't encrypted
Drive free space wiping
CCleaner -- needed if your computer drive isn't encrypted


Cloud sync/storage - zero knowledge
Sync.com
or
Boxcryptor 2.0
Cloud sync/storage - regular
Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, Apple iCloud, etc.,


Cloud backup
CrashPlan
BackBlaze (Added 2020-11-15)
Sync.com (Added 2020-11-15)
Local backup
CrashPlan
SyncBackSE --  to a drive encrypted with FDE (e.g., BitLocker To Go)
N.B. SyncBackFree won't give you the critical Versioning feature; for that you need SyncBackSE (Added 2020-11-15)
Apple Time Machine (Added 2020-11-15)
Image backup
Windows system image backup


Drive cleanup
CCleaner
Update monitoring
Secunia PSI


Credentials monitoring
haveibeenpwned.com


Mobile security
Device encryption
Regular updates
Mobile local storage
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