I've been a member for a few weeks, and became a member because of my new found interest in information security, even though i have not narrowed it down to a specific field yet.
I have read several topics of people asking for specific instructions on how to hack, and what to do, and how to start, or where to go.
As a beginner, i understand how overwhelming it may be trying to figure out how to start, and where to go, or what to do. However, i think people don't realize that this forum is an excellent beginning with a wealth of information that is free and from many experts of their respective fields.
But i agree with many of you, that you have to be willing to search, and search some more, and read, read, read. Programming itself is not something you can learn in one day, or week, or month. Let alone learning and testing network penetration, "hacking", etc...
I just wanted to say that i appreciate what you guys have done with this forum. A place where us beginners can ask questions, and read a ton of information that is posted in form of answers to questions, or just as resources for anyone that needs to use it.
I have only been around here for a few weeks and have learned so much! However, it's easy to see that there is SO much more to learn. I'm looking forward to it!
Just a little background. I'm getting my BS in CS (graduating in December), took a masters course in higher layer protocol & networking last semester and now im taking another network masters class in hope of getting into their master's program by the time i graduate. Wasn't really sure where i wanted to go with my career yet.. even though its already pretty late in the game for not knowing...
However, lately, my interest in information security, penetration testing, ethical hacking has really sparked my interest so i might be moving into that direction in the near future. By the time i graduate i will also be deciding whether i should go through with my master's degree, or invest in certifications in the security field. The websites i have read from this forum have been great in helping with that. Still always a very tough decision though, but only time will tell.
Anyway, sorry for the long read...and thanks again for this place!