To help you get started we suggest getting a copy of the Free Bitcoin Guide.
If you want to secure your bitcoins to the maximum degree possible then I recommend:
- Bitcoin Core - full-validation of the blockchain
- Armory - private key management
- Glacier Protocol - operational procedures
- Puri.sm laptop - general purpose hardware device
Helpful episodes to start your Bitcoin education are:
BTCK-100-2014-10-15 Discussion with Andy O’Fiesh, a senior developer for Armory Technologies, Inc., on bitcoin wallets, public keys, private keys, entropy and other important subjects for making sure you properly secure your bitcoins.
BTCK-101-2014-10-20 Discussion with Andy O'Fiesh, a senior developer for Armory Technologies, Inc., on properly using cold storage to secure your bitcoins.
BTCK-105-2014-11-9 Discussion with Andy O'Fiesh, a senior developer for Armory Technologies, Inc., on using multi-signature and fragmented backups to craft your Bitcoin security plan.
BTCK-124-2015-1-6 Kraken CEO Jesse Powell discusses exchange business, MtGox receivership and best security practices. Coin Telegraph May 2014 comprehensive crypto-currency exchange review with Kraken ranked #1.
BTCK-122-2014-12-31 - Trace Mayer reviews 2014.
BTCK-237-2018-08-04 - Wall Street veteran Caitlin Long discusses the sixth network effect of financialization with Wall Street and institutional investors.