CompTIA Security+

I passed my CompTIA Security+ certification exam in April 2017. I wanted to use this post to tell you how I studied for the exam and what I thought was most helpful in me passing the exam.

Darrel Gibson’s CompTIA Security+ Get Certified Get Ahead SY0-501 Study Guide

I read through this book once. Front to back. I took all the practice test and quizzes at the end of the chapter and graded myself. For every question I got wrong I went back into the chapter and re-read those parts. I went back through the book a 2nd time. Skimmed over the parts I felt like I had down. Took all the practice test and quizzes again, then went back to the questions I missed again.

The book was a good read. I traditionally don’t like reading but this book was pretty easy to get through. I got the Kindle version and just read it on my iPad at any break I could get.

SY0-501 Security+ Practice Test Questions

I’d say this part was the most helpful in me passing my exam. Learn these questions. Some of the questions were very similar. Some were not. The best advice I can give is to know these questions in and out. You need to spend time and really learn the answer. Figure out why the right answers are right. And why the wrong answers are wrong. During my test my saving grace was seeing all the choices and while they were different from the practice tests. I was able to define the wrong choices because I knew their definitions.

By the end of studying I could memorize the questions and the answers by the amount of times I took the test. DO NOT try memorize the practice questions and expect to be good in the test.

These are the two tools I used primarily. Initially when I started I was listening to Professor Messer’s free videos. Another potential avenue to pursue if you don’t like reading and just want to watch video modules.

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NYC’s plan to turn pay phones into Wi-Fi hotspots

http://time.com/84854/new-york-city-pay-phone-wireless-network/

Good read I stumbled upon at work this morning. I guess this has kind of been in the works ever since Bloomberg was in office and now some progress seems to have been made. Who knows just how long it would take and amount of money would be spent but I love the idea of keeping the pay phone booths around and putting them to use again. Free Wi-Fi is always welcomed.

Reflection of Web-Design Course

This past spring semester at ODU (and my last one!) I took a course on Web Page and Web Site Design course. For our last assignment we are supposed to give a reflection of the course that describes the course and what we learned. So before the course began I was looking for a final class to add to my electives and came across this class. I only had a little experience in html coding and websites from back in my MySpace days.

We were required to make our own personal homepage, which can be visited at http://bfros001.zxq.net. This was my first website ever made and it was definitely not where it is now. I hadn’t had much experience with the coding so I had some plain boring green type color background. After a few weeks and assignments I gained my footing and was able to upgrade as the class went along. I think by the time the midterm came around I definitely got a good feel for my craft and it felt good seeing my work payoff. That time when you upload your website coding and you see it working online, such a relief and good feeling! Here by the way is my midterm project http://bfros001.zxq.net/midterm.html. I am really proud of how that came out. 

 

I think about the way I went about with the course and I would try to spend more time on the class. I really liked the course and I wish I would of done a little better. My school workload was a bit heavy this semester. I feel like I could’ve done better. I could see a future in web designing after taking this course. I really like the coding part. A couple weeks ago my mom asked me to make her a website for her doctorate program she is currently in. I thought it was pretty cool that I was contributing her success and progress in her program so she could get her Ph.D.

 

This course changed the way I approach websites. I find myself checking the “show page source code” a lot more. Even the more complex ones are now fascinating looking at all the coding into the websites.

 

Another aspect of the course was the online portion of it. I liked the assignments where we had to contribute to the discussion board. It kept everyone engaged in the class even with the week off from the face-to-face meetings. And the assignment critiques brought me to website that I would probably never visit in my lifetime, so I thought that was cool and useful critiquing them. It made me think about what others would think of with my websites so I ended up going back to my website and doing some self critiquing which was good for my site I believe.

 

All and all I really enjoyed this course and I thought it to be very useful for myself now and possibly in the future when pursuing a career. Coding skills I know are a good skill to have in the Information Technology field. I would recommend for everyone to take this course whether or not you’re in a related field. Web designing is fun to do and cool seeing your work on the Internet. 

End of the Resume?

End of the Resume?

For sometime now companies have managed to integrate social media into their recruiting function. Over 92% have already done so and the number will only increase. These companies are starting to pay more attention to candidates with a good web presence. A good web presence for example is High scores on Klout, number of followers on Twitter, and number of quality recommendations on LinkedIn. The ability to leverage YouTube and Twitter is just beginning of job candidacy. Companies want candidates to be more innovative and creative and these attributes can be found via social networking sites.