I want to learn about security. How to monitor systems, mobile devices, computers etc. What sort of stuff do I need to research to get into my own devices and monitor/change things, be fluent in Linux systems and code?
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Buy a Matrix DVD, then burn it as a symbolic gesture. It would be hard to make a better first step into serious IT Security.
(Caution: burn it in an outdoor location. These things contain nasty chemicals !)