My name is Chris. I’m a Coder, Writer, and Aspiring Pentester. I started programming in 1995 on an Apple IIe in BASIC. I decided I wanted to be a hacker in 1999, after a PBS documentary revealed the secret, amazing world of the “digital underground.” However, for the last two decades, I relegated programming and hacking to mere hobbies, believing that I didn’t have the skill or experience to pursue those interests professionally.

In 2019, I avowed to change that. After studying programming and hacking for the past 20 years, I’ve come to realize that my impostor syndrome is an illusion, an excuse my brain has cooked up to avoid looking like an idiot in front of all those “real hackers” that I follow online. This blog was started as a way to track my progress and efforts in the course of my journey into InfoSec. I intend to fill it with tutorials, opinions, reviews, news, and whatever else grabs my interest, all in the hopes that I will learn new things, share that knowledge with others, and keep myself on the path to success.

You’re welcome to join me in this journey, dear reader! Follow my blog, add me on twitter, and email me at cmsteffen[at] I’m always happy to hear from other people interested in programming and InfoSec, so don’t hesitate to drop me a line!