Today I'd like to address a few topics that should be discussed at this moment.


Point one. I'll certainly list a few topics in which I feel comfortable before starting my study session.

  1. Linux - I've been using it for a very long time - actually almost 30 years. After transitioning from the Amiga 600, I moved to a PC with an AMD DX4 100 processor, and on its huge 256 MB hard drive, I installed Linux SUSE for the first time. However, I've never felt the need to delve into its intricacies. The only time I wanted to dabble in hacking was when I attempted to access my neighbor's Wi-Fi password. However, I didn't understand much from the instructions I downloaded from the internet, and of course, I stopped pursuing that direction for many years.
  2.  Programming. I did a lot of programming on my first machine, the Atari 65XE, which holds a special place in my heart. Later on, I wanted to learn programming in C/C++, but the differences compared to Atari BASIC effectively discouraged me. Currently, I do a lot by writing scripts in BASH and creating simple things in Python (and here I appreciate the similarity to BASIC).
  3. School - during my studies, I had the choice between Public Administration and Computer Science. Since Mathematics isn't my best friend, I opted for Public Administration. After completing my studies, I never actually worked in fields related to my degree. Instead, I was always drawn to computers and technology - albeit more in sales than in servicing. Nonetheless, I always kept up to date with the latest trends.
  4. That's all for now - if you have any questions, I'll gladly answer them. 

Point two - which path did I choose as the foundation for my learning in this challenging, vast, but incredibly fascinating field?

My choice fell on the Hack The Box Academy - why not, for example, Udemy courses?

Differences between Udemy courses and Hack The Box Academy can I described as follows:

1. Participant Type and Payment Model:
   - Udemy: Udemy courses are typically open to anyone and operate on a pay-per-course or subscription-based model.
   - Hack The Box Academy: Hack The Box Academy may require subscription or payment for access to specific courses or training materials. Some resources may be available for free, but advanced content may require payment.

2. Scope of Materials:
   - Udemy: Udemy offers a wide range of courses across various disciplines, including programming, business, sciences, arts, etc.
   - Hack The Box Academy: Hack The Box Academy mainly focuses on cybersecurity and hacking skills, offering courses related to penetration testing, malware analysis, cryptography, and other aspects of cybersecurity.

3. Teaching Methodology:
   - Udemy: Udemy courses can be delivered in various formats such as video lectures, text materials, practical exercises, and quizzes.
   - Hack The Box Academy: Hack The Box Academy may provide a more interactive experience, often with hands-on exercises, challenges, and labs that allow for direct application of knowledge in practice.

4. Difficulty Level:
   - Udemy: Udemy offers courses at various difficulty levels, ranging from beginner to advanced.
   - Hack The Box Academy: Hack The Box Academy may be more focused on advanced cybersecurity topics, making it more suitable for individuals with some experience in the field.

What convinced me the most to choose HTB Academy was definitely the reviews on internet forums and the fact that if I apply myself diligently to this learning, I can obtain certifications confirming my skills. Many people argue that certifications are not important and you can start working in the industry without them - after all, skills are what matters most. Okay - that makes sense - but when you send out a job application, a potential employer will immediately ask, "Alright, where are your credentials?" It seems that without them, you might not seem suitable, and they'll probably write you an email saying, "Of course, your qualifications are quite impressive, but you're not what we're looking for" - just a little something from experience in finding interesting work.

As I've already decided, I'll take advantage of the HTB Academy's offer and there I'll acquire my first skills so necessary for obtaining a certificate - which one? I'll discuss that in subsequent posts.






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