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This is not a rant. Not really. It's more expressing my own insecurity with a certain topic, which somehow upsets me sometimes (the insecurity, not the topic though).

I have nearly no knowledge about security/privacy stuff. I mean, yeah, I know how to choose secure passwords and don't make stupid DAU mistakes. The very basics you would expect someone to have after a CS bachelor's degree.
But other than that... Nothing. And I would like to get a bit into that stuff, but I have no clue where to start. First getting my head wrapped around low-level stuff like network layers? Or something completely else.
This topic is so intimidating to me as it seems huge, I have no idea where to start, and I feel that if you don't have "full" knowledge, you are going to make mistakes which you might not even notice.

I sometimes get really scared about having an account hijacked or similar. Also in our job it seems to become more and more of a topic we should know about.

Anybody got any advice?
I am looking for a way to improve my knowledge in security in general for professional reasons and my knowledge about privacy for private reasons.
It's just, every time I start reading something related it seems that I am lacking some other knowledge etc...

Comments
  • 2
    "I got you, mate!"
    @Linuxxx

    I'm not personally well versed into this particular topic, but the one mentioned is currently setting up a quick website about that. I hope he'll be able to help you a bit.
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    @Jilano Hai! And @DelError yeah I'm loads into both privacy/security. If you have any particular questions feel free to ask/mention me or if you want to talk somewhere else about this I'd be happy to help you out!
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    Security is a wide field, so i"d suggest you prioritize what you are interested in or find useful.
    Try to make it fun for yourself, keep going even if you understand very little at the beginning.
    The techSNAP podcast is a good resource for security and privacy news, alongside general Sysadmin stuff. I also really like to watch talks from DEFCON, a large hacking conference. They might get very technical at times, but everyone there has a sense of humor and likes to have fun with wacky experiments :)
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    Get into linux if you haven't, all security and privacy topics eventually lead there anyway :)

    I'm not a professional, i just really like this stuff, but i'd be happy to help if i can :)
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    Hey all, thank you so much for your helpful replies. I will look into all this the next weeks.

    @Elendil
    Thanks, I will have a look at those things. It is a big topic, probably that's the reason I always feel like I'm missing too much stuff.
    I am already using Linux at home and at work. Just booting Windows for gaming 😊

    @linuxxx
    Thank you so much for that offer. Actually one reason why the topic got more of my attention recently was because I read a lot of your posts.
    It would be great to talk about that topic. I know that you are very cautious about your privacy, from your posts, so, is there a way to exchange with you you would feel secure about?
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    @DelError nice, that's the way to go ;)
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    @DelError That's so great to hear! And yeah there are multiple ways we could get in touch that I'm fine with regarding privacy! Let me get back to you on that one when I get home (gotta do some shopping :P) :)
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    @DelError Hello again, just got home! Uhm I prefer Signal above all but since I don't know you that well yet I'm not comfy with sharing my phone number yet. What about using Riot.IM for now and if that works well, possibly move to Signal? If that won't work for you, just say so as well :)
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    @DelError You there mate? Nah dw take your time :D
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    @linuxxx
    Hey. So sorry, I just finished with holiday preparation. Did also some shopping the afternoon.
    I downloaded Riot.Im and registered.
    My username there is the same as mine here, DelError.

    Sorry again for the late reply. Always so much stress before holidays oO
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    @DelError That's alright haha! Let me add you!
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