What computer is the best for a cybersecurity major?

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Also are M1 Macs compatible with a cybersecurity curriculum.

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The real question is are you going to play videos games on this computer as well?

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I LOVE having that option for sure. I'll play 45 minutes of Halo Infinite a day but I'm no way shape or form a hardcore gamer.

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Thinkpad thinkpad thinkpad !

Cheap, good quality, and easily openable !!

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What’s your favorite thinkpad model?

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Yes, my personal and work laptop are both think pads

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Used to love think-pads, but after having my work t495 for almost a year. I can most definitely say never again. The screen is lackluster with minimal brightness, text is slightly blurry, and the speakers on audio calls always fail. Like I need to carry around a headset in my workbag everyday just in case. Keyboard is the only reason I somewhat tolerate this machine

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Like another comment said: Thinkpad. Their hardware is typically supported out of the box when it comes to linux. If you choose windows as your OS on a Thinkpad, you'll still easily have enough ram and CPU to run VMs for labs. I'm currently going through a cyber security degree, and I recommend using Linux. It's where you'll do most of your work in a real environment anyways. You can learn windows hacking from a VM.

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Mac budget towards a custom build running Linux and using VM for the necessary.

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If you are using Linux as your daily driver expect to have glitches and hiccups. May be a good thing if you are trying to learn but if you want to decompress and play video games just boot to windows.

I’ve used Linux my whole life and like it, just isn’t there still for desktop.

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I can do my entire job from a Raspberry Pi, it literally doesn’t matter.

I prefer a Mac because I have native language support and access to homebrew. It’s also very happy to run VMs all day with VMware Fusion. If you want to be on a Mac and running a bunch of VMs get an Intel

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Thank you so much. This answered my question. Basically you'd have a ton of problems with the M1 chips running VMs?

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If you do go with Mac, just be sure to have a Windows VM handy. I can't think of the exact tool or situation, but a guy in one of my classes had a Mac and wasn't able to participate in an exercise because he couldn't run whatever tool we were using. Also, at least in my experience, most customers will be using Windows machines in their environment. Powershell is king here and you'll want a VM to be able to play around with scripts.

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Power shell is the king of, what?

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You're probably going to be working entirely in a virtualized environment so you shouldn't have much to worry about

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Not for uni, they’d be better off with windows.

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I do not recommend M1s because you won’t be able to run VMs with Windows and Linux, Kali, etc. essential for creating labs. Grab a gaming machine with enough memory, CPU to install tools, VMs and play some games.

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You can do this now with Parallels and still run standard x86/x64 apps 🙂

You know, I just wanted to mention that camDown is easy to use, easy to maintain and your friends would agree.