PC Security Guide

by Aimi - 09-11-2015, 05:13 AM
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Posted: 09-11-2015, 05:13 AM
In this day and age, there are tons of paranoid people when it comes to their computers. Well this guide is for you, with this guide, it will tighten security up around your computer, so even if you have done something wrong, or maybe not, "they" won't be able to prove it.


Section One: Encrypting Your Computer

Encryption is something everyone should do, it works wonders if someone is trying to access your computer, and they can't unless they know the password to access it. 

Veracrypt:

Veracrypt is a wonderful piece of software that took over TrueCrypt, and in my opinion it offers a lot more flexibility than TrueCrypt did as it offers so many more encryption techniques.

Setup Guide:

1. Go ahead and grab Veracrypt from here : Veracryt Download , once there you should see a big purple download button, click it, then install the software.

2. Open veracrypt, and then decide between these two things.

Do I want to encrypt my WHOLE hard-drive.
Do I want a folder encrypted.

Honestly I recommend the second option for placing sensitive files in, but if you're really paranoid, go with option one, but be careful as sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, but that's only if you're installing it on your boot drive. 

Encryption:

For the sake of this tutorial, I'm going to show you how to make an encrypted file container.




Part II of Encryption: Encrypting Your Typing

Keyloggers are a nasty thing, and in case you may or may not have one, its always a good idea to have your keystrokes encrypted. 

Keyscrambler:

This is a great program that will scramble your key strokes, there is a free version that works with browsers etc, however the paid one works really well as well, but it does cost $45. So I'd recommend just using the free one.

Securing Tips:

Make sure you use a strong password that is 20+ characters at least, make sure not to use words that can be found in a dictionary, and its always a good idea to use symbols, spaces, and hell even put a website url in there somewhere. Also if a account provider has 2FA, enable it, it will save your ass 99% of the time. If you're trying to secure something use g-mail, generally their security is great.

When you step away from your pc its a good idea to lock it.

Get a good anti-virus, this is one is pretty obvious, but its a good thing to have. Recommendation wise, I'd grab Kaspersky, or ESET Nod32, they are both great anti-viruses. 

Section Two: Windows Security

Disable System Restore Points

This one is obvious..... Now to disable it right click Computer, click Properties, then click Advanced System Settings, then under System Protection, click Configure. Then Turn off System Protection, and click apply.

Disable Send Error Report to Microsoft

When ever programs crash, Microsoft gets a log of that, and obviously, thats not good. To disable this, go to start and type in "problem reporting settings", then click "Choose how to report problems". Click "Change Report Settings For All Users" and then set it to "Never Check for Solutions".

Wiping With Good Ole CCleaner

CCleaner is a very powerful tool if used correctly, studies showed that when you delete files you do not need to do multiple over-writes. With modern hard-drives one write is really enough to fuck up a file beyond repair, but just incase two or three is what I always use.

If you have CCleaner already run it as Admin, then go to Settings and make sure you have it set to overwrite deleted data with three passes (or what ever you think is best). However this will not work well for SSDs, I'll explain why further down.

Then go back to CCleaner and check everything, then run cleaner.

Disable Windows Event Logging

Windows keeps a log of everything that happens on a machine. To disable it search Event Viewer in your start menu, then open it. Click windows logs, then right click system, and click clear logs, make sure you don't save. Now to disable this from being logged further, go to start, type msconfig, open it, then go to services, and make sure Hide all microsoft services is unchecked. Then scroll through the list of services till you find "Windows Event Logging", and make sure you uncheck that. Then restart your computer for it to be saved.

Disable Hibernation

Hibernation pretty much is just taking a picture of your RAM that is saved to your hard drive, so thats not good to have. Search in start for "Power Options", Change your current power plan, then change advanced power settings, expand the sleep one, then expand Hibernate after: Enter the value "0".

Part Three : Network Security - Browsing Security

Change your DNS:

Its always good practice to change your DNS when you're on a VPN to prevent leaking your DNS, which pretty much defeats the purpose of a VPN.

To do this go to your network and sharing center, then click on your connection, then click properties, then select internet protocol v4, then click properties, change them to mine or make your own.

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VPN Use and Guidelines:

VPNs are great, but they're not so much for security, they're mainly geared towards privacy, but as always, they're not a bad thing to have. Personally I can vouch for these VPNs, Private Internet Access, Ra4w VPN, Express VPN, and IPVanish. My daily VPN has to be Private Internet access though, its great, and has tons of locations which is a plus for me. Anyway, VPN use is not really limited personally, I use a VPN 90% of the time besides when I'm on forums that block them. Additionally its great to get into the habit of using a VPN when you're connected to Skype as blocking resolvers isn't a surefire way to prevent from people getting your IP. I'll go more into depth about that further down.

Configuring Skype:

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When connected to skype I recommend using a VPN.

Securing your skype, make sure you have it on an email you have 100% access to, also make sure you don't give out your location on your skype, also, don't use real pics of yourself on it etc. 

Password Tips:

Picking the right password: It's always good to have a password that is 16+ characters long, and includes symbols, and numbers. For example : KM2zCjb}M^Wp'uSmile - Personally I use http://passwordsgenerator.net when making passwords. 

Now its not easy to remember that long ass password so I use KeePass to store them in an encrypted database file. KeePass is a great, free, opensource software, and the best part of it is, the database never leaves your pc, so you know your passwords are in good hands. Do note, you need to remember one master password to access the file, but thats it, it does the rest for you by storing any, and all passwords you have. Also, the organization is great. Here is a screenshot of the program:

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I change all of my passwords once a week actually, call me paranoid, but better safe than sorry. Now thats all for this guide at the moment, I'll be adding onto it periodically as there is so much more to cover than what I have done so already. If you have any questions at all please send me a PM, or comment on the thread. 
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Posted: 09-11-2015, 06:01 AM
Wow this guide! so well written! I love that you added some clips Smile
Thanks for the guide
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Posted: 09-11-2015, 05:17 PM
(09-11-2015, 06:01 AM)atheoran Wrote: Wow this guide! so well written! I love that you added some clips Smile
Thanks for the guide

Glad you liked it, I'm going to be adding some more stuff here shortly.
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Posted: 10-11-2015, 01:00 AM
(09-11-2015, 05:17 PM)Aimi Wrote:
(09-11-2015, 06:01 AM)atheoran Wrote: Wow this guide! so well written! I love that you added some clips Smile
Thanks for the guide

Glad you liked it, I'm going to be adding some more stuff here shortly.

Well, do you know how to improve your security level while downloading leaks? like backdoors..
In gmod leaks there's Always the possibility they have added a backdoor in the lua file...
Is a standard antivirus enough or do you have any tips?

thanks in advance! 
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Posted: 10-11-2015, 01:28 AM
WOW this is HQ! Good Job!
I am curious of something, do you change all your pw one by one? Do you follow any patron or how do you know a pw if want to enter in other computer?
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Posted: 10-11-2015, 03:04 AM
(10-11-2015, 01:28 AM)enmafia2 Wrote: WOW this is HQ! Good Job!
I am curious of something, do you change all your pw one by one? Do you follow any patron or how do you know a pw if want to enter in other computer?

High value accounts like my paypal, bitcoin wallet, and banking info i change one by one weekly, those never leave my pc, but stuff like nulled, etc, i keep logs on my phone when i change.
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Posted: 13-10-2016, 02:32 AM
Proud of you Aimi, that seems about right but ccleaner is botnet. So is google/yahoo/aol/facebook/twitter/apple/windows 10 = Bad. Avoid at all cost...
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