Security hardening  

  1. Posts : 55
    Windows 10 LTSC (version: 1809)

    Security hardening

    Good day community,

    I wanna your kind assistance about security hardening.
    My goal is like that: 1. to encrypt all (hole) drive C and D. 2. install VM ware 16 and use it for other jobs. or for personal purposes.
    3. on main OS want to use Tor browser. chrome and Mozila got RAM hungers.

    Whats your recommendations right ways to be more secure and make system more harden? is recommended to encrypt C and D drive?

    Any suggestions would be helpful for me.

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  2. Posts : 1,747
    Windows 10 Pro x64 22H2

    1. Disk encryption has nothing to do with system hardening.
    2. VM ware will make your system less secure (not because it's bad but because native security enhancements related to virtualization can't be consumed by VM ware)

    on main OS want to use Tor browser. chrome and Mozila got RAM hungers
    more memory isn't a bad thing, high performance programs usually consume more memory, it's a tradeoff between executable size vs memory consumption, in both cases it's unrelated to security or system hardening.

    Whats your recommendations right ways to be more secure and make system more harden?
    You question is too general to give short or precise answer, but the shortest one you can get according to your concerns is "Tails"
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  3. Posts : 5,213
    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit

    Please install all available important Windows updates, you can check and install Windows updates by opening "Start Menu --> Control Panel --> Windows Update" applet and click "Check for updates".

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    Make sure to keep your antivirus software up to date.

    You should be very careful with usage of the peer-to-peer file sharing programs, these file sharing programs are use to infect computers. It is therefore possible to be infected by downloading manipulated files via peer-to-peer tools and thus suggested to be used with intense care.

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  4. Posts : 55
    Windows 10 LTSC (version: 1809)
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for your kind support guys.
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  5. Posts : 5,213
    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit

    You are very welcome!
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  6. Posts : 7,736
    Windows 11 Pro 64 bit

    I expect the likes of NSA & GCHQ will still be able to penetrate your defences
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  7. Posts : 5,398
    Windows 11 Home

    Set UAC to max, that is basics, it prevents most of the elevation bypasses malware uses.

    I would say, that the secure DNS is the start, basically all infections start with a link.
    Malware DNS blocking can also prevent some ransomware from working.

    Quad9 blocks about 95% threats, Cloudflare ( about 50%.Security hardening-mdbr-flowchart.png

    But lets not forget, that security hardening = disabling features, so it might break some functionality.
    Security hardening-security-triangle.png

    For example disabling WSH (scripts like VBS) will literally disable about 50% malware.
    reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows Script Host\Settings" /v "Enabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
    reg add "HKLM\Software\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows Script Host\Settings" /v "Enabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
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    Restricting powershell will also help a little bit.

    Disabling PowerShell and Other Malware Nuisances, Part I

    reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\PowerShell\1\ShellIds\ScriptedDiagnostics" /v "ExecutionPolicy" /t REG_SZ /d "Restricted" /f
    reg add "HKLM\Software\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\PowerShell\1\ShellIds\ScriptedDiagnostics" /v "ExecutionPolicy" /t REG_SZ /d "Restricted" /f
    reg add "HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\PowerShell" /v "EnableScripts" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
    reg add "HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Environment" /v "__PSLockDownPolicy" /t REG_SZ /d "4" /f
    %WINDIR%\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe "Set-ExecutionPolicy bypass - noprofile"
    There are also some tools you can use, but use with caution and always backup before any changes!

    Hard_Configurator: GUI to Manage Software Restriction Policies and harden Windows Home OS

    Harden Windows Settings with SysHardener | NoVirusThanks
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  8. Posts : 55
    Windows 10 LTSC (version: 1809)
    Thread Starter

    Your guides are useful. I have MS defender + Adguard licensed, Malwarebytes free . also protonVPN free too.
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  9. Posts : 5,398
    Windows 11 Home

    You can use ConfigureDefender to polish it's settings.
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