Complete Beginner Struggling with Pentesting Student course


During the month of December, I have been studying the Pentest Student course. I am currently doing the Data Exfiltration lab that’s in the networking course, and I’m totally lost. I’m a bit confused because it states not to continue down until I have completed all the tasks unless I was stuck. And of course, I was stuck because I didn’t understand anything.

When I got to the explanation, I didn’t even understand that because it talks about cmd parameters with URLs and running a python script. And the previous courses never explained anything about those.

So what am I supposed to do, Skip it? I talked to someone on discord and they said that lab seems to be out of place and should not be there.

Any advice would be much appreciated.

Hey man, how’s it going?

Your struggle is natural, and that’s because even in the PTS as an introductory course it is expected that you have some prior basic knowledge about computers and IT in general. Security itself is a specialization, so it is intended for individuals who already have that prior knowledge in order to specialize in the security topics. With that said, i would suggest that you grab those topics which you do not understand, google them and study until you really understand it, then you go back to the course more prepared.

Now, if you skip what you don’t understand you won’t be able to do even the simplest tasks in security, so it’s not a good idea at all.

1 Like

I disagree guys i understand that some prior knowledge is required but the course is supposed to be an introduction and the lab didn’t reflect the course. For me it should have been a Wireshark lab or something. Totally understand Sabner’s confusion