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You offered some very good suggestions. 'nufool2' will progress even if only one suggestion is completed.

You said, Try playing w/a linux or bsd variant, read up on nix/bsd-related security issues & practices and get familiar w/the environment.

Since the goal is to learn more about computer security .... I'd encourage nufool2 should to install Redhat or SuSE Linux or FreeBSD. Then install network security tools such as Nmap port scanner, Nessus vulnerability scanner, Ethereal, or the Netcat utility. Granted it is premature to suggest these tools since nufool2 needs first to install the OS and became familiar with the environment, but these tools will provide great insight as to the workings of a TCP/IP network and consequently, security issues.

I'm also a veteran of the IT industry ... since 1977 ... and being an old fart, I do have broad exposure to companies, hardware, and primarily infrastructure software (OSs and such). I've been out of work for about 90 days now. The job market does seem to be improving but interest in old farts with quality experience (and the desire to be appropriately compensated) appears to be low, in spite of the ability to perform and deliver results.

nufool2 Hang in there ... and try TMFSt0rm suggestions.
His advice will lead you to good things.

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