There is a super cool website that will teach you the basics of hacking. It does not matter if you are a beginner or more experienced, they seem to have exercises for everyone.
The website is called Hack the Box.
It seems like the site prefers you to be running these exercises through Linux. Additionally, they want you to connect through their VPN using OpenVPN. Unfortunately, I have had some technical problems with the profile they have created for me, but I will be trying through a different computer.
If you want to learn or improve your hacking skills this website might be something to look into.