Security+ Study Guide
The Kindle version of the Security+ Study Guide is now available. This is the same content as the CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-401 Study Guide with more than 450 Security+ practice test questions, but as a Kindle edition, portable enough to store with as many as 50,000 more of your favorite books. Many people that used the SY0-201 Security+ Study Guide told me that they purchased both the paperback version for times when they wanted to read it from a book, and the Kindle version to have it available on the go. With this in mind, I set the price for the Kindle version at $9.99.
Security+ Study Guide Reviews
Check out some of the reviews on Amazon:
All You Need
I used this book to pass the exam on the first try. It is well-written and easy to understand. It covers the topics in depth and the explanations make it easier to remember the details.
Easy read covering all the material.
This book is extremely easy to read..Covers everything on the test without being dry! This reads like a regular book rather than a text book.
I passed the test without doing anything special other than reading the book cover to cover once and skimming through it once more .
As all the other posts say great book! I studied from this book only while at work for 8 days. I read it from cover to cover and did all the practice tests. Right before the exam I skimmed over the chapters I was unsure about. I passed with a 758 and a passing score is 750. If I had more time I might have done better. I have 0 years IT experience, I’m actually a mechanic. Good book and good luck!
All You Need to Pass
I just passed the new Security+ test with a score of 871. My entire preparation consisted of reading “Security+ Get Certified Get Ahead” and doing the included review questions. I saw absolutely nothing on the test that wasn’t thoroughly covered in the book. It is straightforward, easy to read, and does an excellent job of explaining some complex topics. I see no reason to invest in any other prep materials. The plan is pretty simple, buy this book, read it, do the practice questions, pass the test.
Update as of 2/17/2012: I just finished instructing a 5 day Security+ Boot Camp using this book as the only text for the class. We spent 4 days covering the material, reviewed for 2 hours Friday morning then the students took the test. All 13 passed and are now Security+ certified. Note that although some in the class had some cyber security experience most were new to the field and none were familiar with all of the topics.
Free Kindle Apps Available
One of the great things about the Kindle ebooks is that you don’t need a Kindle reader to read ebooks such as the Security+ study guide. If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download free applications from Amazon for just about any platform from here. They have applications for the following platforms:
- Windows PC
- Windows Phone 7
Additionally, they recently released the Kindle Cloud Reader. The Kindle Cloud Reader lets you read ebooks from a web browser, including the Security+ Study Guide, without requiring a Kindle device.
Security+ Practice Test Questions on the Kindle
If you’ve already been studying for the Security+ exam and don’t want to get the full Security+ study guide, check out the CompTIA Security+ SY0-401 Practice Test Questions. It includes 280 realistic practice test questions and dozens of flash cards all formatted specifically for the Kindle. The goal is for this to be more like a Kindle application rather than a Kindle ebook.
The book is organized in six chapters matched to the six Security+ domains so readers can easily focus on specific domains. Each chapter includes three sections:
- Practice test questions without answers. Created for readers that want to go through all the questions without seeing the correct answers or explanations.
- Practice test questions including answers formatted for the Kindle. One Kindle screen shows the question. When you decide what you think is the correct answer, go to the next Kindle screen to see the correct answer. Each question includes an in-depth explanation so you’ll know why the correct answers are correct, and why the incorrect answers are incorrect.
- Flash cards formatted specifically for the Kindle to help reinforce important concepts. One Kindle screen shows a flash card type question and the next Kindle screen shows the answer.
These questions are a subset of the questions in the full Security+ SY0-401 Study Guide. However, readers have told me they’ve enjoyed these as a supplement to the study guide to focus on reinforcing the content.
Security+ Practice Test Questions on Mobile Apps
A recent blog also talked about the availability of Security+ Practice Test Questions for Your Mobile Phone. The benefit of these is that they are presented in actual test engine formats and also include flash cards. The content is a subset of the content in the CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-401 Study Guide but readers have told me they’ve enjoyed using them as a supplement on their mobile phones as an additional study source. These apps are currently available for:
- Apple Devices such as iPads and iPhones
- Android devices including Android-based phones and tablets
- Barnes and Noble Nook
Here are some links to more resources to help you pass the Security+ exam the first time you take it.
- Security+ blogs organized by categories
- Security+ performance based questions
- Security+ study resources
- Security+ acronyms flashcards
- Security+ audio