Hello all! I'm new here and just want to say how much I like the site, the helpful articles, and the sense of community I feel from Null Byte. I'm so glad I get to be a part of this.
I got a late start to network security and hacking, and I'm wondering how old is too old to get started? I have probably a beginner's level of understanding, knowing some Python and Linux basics. I'm working on my A+ cert now and plan to do much more from there. Honestly I would love to work as a pen-tester one day. As a college dropout, something that I chose to do, the past few years I've been slowly moving away from the societal indoctrination that kept my mind chained up for far too long. I wonder now though, in my early 20's, is it too late for me to ever be a talented white-hat hacker and could I ever be respected by the hacker community? I don't know if anyone out there has a past like mine, but I could use some encouragement and advice. It is so important to have community and to be accepted by others, and since I've watched this site on the sidelines for some time now, only recently deciding to join, I really believe Null Byte is a positive environment in which I will be able to grow.
Thanks to all of the contributors, your articles are so helpful and greatly appreciated!