Hey guys, I'm new to this whole scene and was interested in learning how to do this. I had a few questions because of it.
I wanted to know if the laptop I'm currently using is fine for starting out and for doing this sort of thing, or if I need to go get a different one. I'm using the HP Pavilion g6-2279wm laptop which has a AMD Dual-Core A4-4300M Accelerated Processor @2.5GHz capable pf up to 3.0 GHz w/ 1MB L2 cache, 4GB of DDR3 SDRAM (1DIMM) of memory, 2 user accessible memory slots, I don't think graphics card matters for this, but in case it does, it had an AMD Radeon HD 7420G with up to 2029mb of graphics memory, and a 500GB 5400RPM HDD. I don't know if all of that was necessary, but I figured better safe than sorry and went ahead and listed all of it.
Also, wanted to know how long it typically takes someone to learn how to do the basics and are able to move on to more advanced techniques. My overall purpose is to try and get into computer and network security, by way of either learning what ways can be used to attack networks so that I can prevent it, or so that I can help others by showing the flaws in their security.
I understand this is a little bit wordy, but I appreciate everyone for reading even a bit of it, especially those who read it all. If you could give me some feedback, it would be much appreciated. Thank you and have a nice day