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What's a good first credit card?

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I am 19 years of age now & I have yet to "establish credit". Problem is, I know absolutely NOTHING about credit cards much. All I have is a savings account that I deposit & withdrawl from time to time. I admit that I am not big on credit cards because they seem to get us in a lot of trouble however it seems the only way to establish some kind of credit history. I have many questions as to what kind of card should I be getting. Credit or debit? Prepaid or not? Mastercard, visa, express? By the way what is the difference between a credit & debit? They both establish credit don't they? Which one would be my best choice as a first time user that is trying to establish credit??? Any help is appreciated! Thanks!!!