I’m just curious regarding security… I take privacy very serious and I would like to be sure that I’m in a safe and clean environment. How can I harden my system? Any tips, guides or informations are very appreciated. Also, how do you keep your system clean and how do you know if you and your personal stuff are safe on the internet?
I have a laptop running Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1. Windows Automatic Updates are always on, UAC at high alert and a ‘standard’ account for daily web browsing, Skype chatting, e-mails, work and so on. Guest account is disabled.
I have Microsoft Security Essentials and the latest version (released so far) of Comodo Internet Security with Antivirus (Stateful), Firewall (on ‘Safe mode’) and Defense+ (on ‘Safe mode’). And Sandbox is enabled too. I keep MSE turned off (from services) and I only run it when I need a second opinion. I also do monthly scans with other antivirus products like Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, SuperAntiSpyware and Hitman Pro.
I had Spybot S&D to immunize my web browsers. I keep IE9 homepage as blank, default browser is Firefox and I keep Chrome for secure sites like my bank’s site, Paypal and stuff like that.
Network type is set to ‘Public’ and no sharing enabled. I’m also behind a router.
I don’t download weird apps from non-trusted sites, I don’t accept or download attachments which look suspicious or before I do I check them with virustotal.com in case Gmail or Yahoo doesn’t scan the attachment. I keep an eye for the site DNS to be sure I’m on the real and legit one and not on some fake phishing site.
I keep the ‘hide known extensions’ unchecked so I can see all extensions.
I make a backup on every season or before I do some serious updates/software installation. I save my personal data on a flash usb from time to time. i keep track of what apps I download/install and periodically I check the ‘Program files’, user folder, temp folder, ‘add or remove programs’, msconfig for startups and regedit (rarely - I kind of get lost around there).
I think that’s it so far. What do you think? Is there anything else I could do?