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    newbie/rookie/starter

    Get the idea? Where do I look to learn what I need to know to do and prevent comp nasties. THANKS beforehand.

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    Google is a great place to look for info.
    There are also a few books I've been reading that are alright for security. (Thats what your lookin for I hope!) These books will help you understand how evil crackers (I winced typing that) learn of your system and exploit it. These books give you a general idea on the topic. (They tend to cover windows and linux)

    Hacking Exposed Second Edition (ISBN 0-07-212748-1)
    Hack Attacks Denied (ISBN 0-471-41625-8) There are also more books in this series!
    Maximum Security Third Edition (ISBN 0-672-31871-7)

    The best thing to do is READ!!! READ EVERYTHING! I'm sortta a newb too (I'm just starting to learn Linux) But I read lots of stuff and learn new things every day.

    I suggest reading a bit on TCP/IP because everything will make more sense then. Also, just for the hell of it, get a packet sniffer and watch your computer communicate w/ others. This gives you a real life example of what all that fancy tech language is really talking about!

    Another good thing is to get experience. Set up a network and test what you learn at home. Figure out how to block access to different ports and stuff. For firewalls, well, do some research. Since I have a network, I use hardware and software firewalls. Its good enough for a home Winblows ME based network. (What professional cracker would want a WinME system, and what Script Kiddy would try to hack all those firewalls?) Guess that leaves me in the middle!!!

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    it really is suprising to see the amount of connections going on while simply browsing the internet and using a chat program isint it? Another must would be a good antivirus program like AVG (www.grisoft.com) or Innoculate, or if you have the money, a retail one like McAfee or Norton.
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    yeah like said before, you can get antivirus programs all over the place. also, a firewall would be a good way to keep the skidmarks out. a completely free and internet based AV program is at http://housecall.antivirus.com it is a good one, they are the makers of pccillin. a decent newbie firewall you can get is at www.zonelabs.com although you can find better av and firewalls, these are both easy to use.

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    What OS are you using anyway? You will get alot of suggestions and a pro for every con. One thing is for sure you will get the answers real quick. I reccomend Win2k advanced server if you really want to learn networking. Although some of the *nix variations are equally good, the latter will require a lot of research, compared to an out-of-the-box solution.
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    You can also glean some good knowledge by reading some of the tutorials.
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    I am also new to all this stuff but there is this cool book that I read called: The Unofficial Guide To Ethical Hacking by Ankit Fadia. It is very user friendly especially for newbies.

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    I meant to say that too .....not really, good point Al.

    You can also glean some good knowledge by reading some of the tutorials.


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    newbie/rookie info.

    Thanks guys I will get cracking, oops!! I mean reading.

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