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[–] lbruiser 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

Build a home lab. Great way to start testing and learning by having a network to work on. /v/homelab maybe be able to help you get one going.

I would also suggest listening to techsnap http://www.jupiterbroadcasting.com/show/techsnap/

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[–] arrggg 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

/v/homelab has some good stuff, good link!

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[–] jaschac 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

The best advice I think I got when I was young was to decide what you want to do, and then make it a point to learn the (technical) level just beneath it. Thus, in your case, if you want to get into network security, start by mastering networking itself. Learn configuration, troubleshooting, techniques, etc for networking large and small environments. It will make your understanding of the security issues much, much easier. (that said, you don't need to wait until you've mastered all of networking to start exploring security. just that the added context will make it easier to understand and you a better security professional.)

And to what dr_malcolm said - I definitely wouldn't pay for anything at this point. There's too much freely available for you to explore first.

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[–] dr_malcolm 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Search Eli the Computer Guy on YouTube for basics Afterwards for actually security related stuff I'd recommend watching presentations from Defcon and Blackhat conferences (available on YouTube also)

There's so many resources online I wouldn't recommend paying for anything at the beginner level

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[–] drunkjake [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Thank you, I'll start doing that.

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[–] Derecho 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I don't know exactly how old you are, or what opportunities you might have around you. But I highly recommend getting involved with Cyberpatriot if you're still in High School (or middle school). Additionally, if that isn't something you can get into, there are tons of other greats options for high schoolers such as Pico CTF that you can jump into right now.

Drink from the firehose of knowledge that these competitions give you. Don't expect to be a champion the first time around. But it is the greatest way to get started learning.

You can build a home lab if you want... you can run through tutorials and fun things on the internet if you want. But nothing gets your blood flowing and brain moving like a good competition.

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[–] coffeethulhu 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

If you don't know anything you could do a lot worse then listening to the back episodes of the Security Now podcast

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[–] drunkjake [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Thank you! It's been added to my daily routine

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[–] arrggg 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Install Virtualbox or VMware. This will allow you to load multiple operating systems and configure the networking between them without screwing with your primary computers networking settings. You can also snapshot the VM, and revert changes if you break it while learning something new.

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[–] cat_tail_moustache 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Read and implement by hand some OS hardening guides and research why each setting is important or how it could exploited if you didn't make the security change.