The Best Way to Learn About Cybersecurity is to Protect Yourself

For anyone thinking about getting into cybersecurity as a career, the amount of information out there can seem overwhelming. The cybersecurity field is a global, multibilllion dollar industry, and it can be difficult for newcomers to figure out how to get started.

Our recommendation for people looking to get started in cybersecurity is to first learn how to protect yourself. Learn the absolute basics about securing your own devices. Understand why you should have a strong password and start using a password manager. Look at what the privacy settings are on your mobile phone and learn why you should disable some of them.  Read up about social engineering and how hackers can use that information to get into your accounts.

Don’t try to learn the more technical aspects of cybersecurity at the start. Don’t worry if you can’t understand how zero-days works, and try to conduct threat intelligence on APT28 just yet. You have to learn how to walk before you can run. The best way to do that is to learn how to protect your own digital environment.

Motherboard recently came out with a great post to help you to learn to do just that. The Motherboard Guide to Not Getting Hacked provides the security basics for people looking to keep their online accounts and devices safe from cybercriminals.

Topics covered in the guide include:

  • Understanding Threat Modeling and what you are trying to protect yourself from.
  • The benefits of password managers.
  • What is Two-Factor Authentication
  • Some basics Do’s and Don’ts regarding your computer use.
  • How to protect your mobile devices.
  • Social media protection,
  • Security risks from device cameras and microphones.
  • What is the Tor Browser.
  • Which apps to use to protect your privacy.
  • Benefits of a Virtual Privacy Network.

Read the full guide here.