Overview of my question
I want to create a secure Window's system without the use of an Anti-Virus program. Whilst I know there are many on-demand and live-scanning anti-virus programs readily available, I feel as though they are not the best method for me to engage in. I want to explore my other methods.
Current Idea(s) for Alternative Methods
I am not too concerned about being "attacked" as my computer's are mainly gaming and internet (Social Media etc.) however on the rare occasions where I need to do some work, it is often involving sensitive information. This may vary from legal documentations, source code, financial information, databases etc. I want to know your opinion on how I handle this:
- The first port of protocol is a firewall. I am currently looking into reliable firewall's for home use. I know there are many dependent firewalls such as Comodo, ESET and Kaspersky, but I am looking for just firewalls. I am thinking of reviewing one of these Firewall Packages. Now I know what you're thinking - why not just use an Anti-Virus plus Firewall? I am not too concerned with people getting in, I am more concerned with them extracting data - so I believe the AV is the last option to prevent this.
After the firewall, I usually password protect the documents with a generic password (E.g. Pa$$w0rd), and then in a .7z encryption. Being paranoid, I also lock them in a virtual drive. For this, I have been using Symantec PGP Disk Encryption. I have been looking around for other data encryption packages, but have not found any decent competitors.
Network Monitoring is the next step/tactic I employ. Whilst this is highly ineffective, it's something that helps me sleep better at night. At present I use Network Magic. It lets me identify who is connected to the current Router/Internet Feed, lets me change the security method and the password in the event it has been compromised.
I guess the next thing I do, and possibly it makes absolutely no difference, is I continually change my IP address to prevent tracking. Like previously stated I am more concerned with people extracting the data from my computer so at any means, I will make it more difficult. (or at least attempt it!). Using the TOR network is painful, but if needed I will do.
What I need from you!
Basically (if you are not aware) I just want a secure way to prevent data theft (both cyber and physically). I do not necessarily want an AV, but I do need to employ some sort of security to help prevent access. I highly, highly doubt I'd ever be a target, but it is better to be safe then sorry.
I just want to know, if the above methods are worth employing, if they are effective, and how to maximise their functions. If you require more information please let me know.