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Learning to become hacker is not as easy as learning to become a software
developer. I realized this when I started looking for learning resources for
simple hacking people do. Even to start doing the simplest hack on own, a hacker
requires to have in depth knowledge of multiple topics. Some people recommend
minimum knowledge of few programming languages like C, Python, HTML with Unix
operating system concepts and networking knowledge is required to start learning
Though knowing a lot of things is required, it is not really enough for you to be a competent and successful hacker. You must have a passion and positive attitude towards problem solving. The security softwares are constantly evolving and therefore you must keep learning new things with a really fast pace.
If you are thinking about ethical hacking as a career option, you may need to be prepared for a lot of hard/smart work. I hope these free resources will help you speed up on your learning. If you decide you pursue ethical hacking as a career option, you may also want to read some in depth ethical hacking books.
A lot of people (including me before doing research for this article) think that they can become a hacker using some free hacking tools available on web. Its true that some common types of hacking can be easily done with help of tools, however doing it does not really make you a hacker. A true hacker is the one who can find a vulnerability and develop a tool to exploit and/or demonstrate it.
Hacking is not only about knowing "how things work", but its about knowing "why things work that way" and "how can we challenge it".
Below are some really useful hacking tutorials and resources you may want to explore in your journey of learning to hack
Hacking For Dummies - Beginners Tutorials
These tutorials are not really simple for anyone who is just starting to learn
hacking techniques. However, these should be simple starting point for you. I am
sure you have different opinion about complexity of each tutorial however
advanced hacker are going to be calling this a job of script kiddie (beginner
hacker). Even to acquire the skills of a script kiddie you need to have good
understanding of computer fundamentals and programming.
Cryptography is must know topic for any aspiring security professional or a
ethical hacker. You must understand how encryption and decryption is done. You
must understand why some of the old encryption techniques do not work in modern
This is a important area and a lot of software programmers and professional do not understand it very well. Learning cryptography involves a lot of good understanding of mathematics, this means you also need to have good fundamentals on discrete mathematics.
These are some websites, that you may find useful to find hacking related
resources and articles. A lot of simple tricks and tips are available for
experimenting through these sites for improving yourself to become advanced
In recent years, many people are aspiring to learn how to hack. With growing interest in this area, a lot of different types of hacking practices are evolving. With popularity of social networks many people have inclined towards vulnerability in various social networks like facebook, twitter, and myspace etc.
Continuous learning about latest security issues, news and vulnerability reports are really important for any hacker or a security professional. Some of the sites that keep publishing informative articles and news are listed here.
Some of the research papers by security experts and gurus can provide you a lot
of information and inspiration. White papers can be really difficult to read and
understand therefore you may need to read them multiple times. Once you
understand the topic well, reading will become much faster and you will be able
to skim through a lot content in less time.
Those who like to watch video tutorials, here are few I liked. However there are
many small video available on youtube. Feel free to explore more and share with
us if you like something.
Just like any other area, forums are really great help for learning from other
experts. Hundreds of security experts and ethical/non-ethical hackers are
willing to share their knowledge on forums for some reason. Please keep in mind
to do enough research before post a question and be polite to people who take
time to answer your question.
Vulnerability Databases are the first place to start your day as a security
professional. Any new vulnerability detection is generally available through the
public vulnerability databases. These databases are a big source of information
for hackers to be able to understand and exploit/avoid/fix the vulnerability.
Some of the very popular products in the world require a special attention and
therefore you may want to look at the specific security websites directly from
vendors. I have kept Linux. Microsoft and apache in this list, however it may
apply to any product you may be heavily using.
There are dozens of tools available for doing different types of hacking and
tests. Tools are really important to become more productive at your work. Some
of the very common tools that are used by hackers are listed here. You may have
different choice of tools based on your own comfort.
I have tried to compile some of these resources for my own reference for the
journey of learning I am going to start. I am not even at a beginner level of
becoming hacker but the knowledge of this field really fascinates me and keeps
me motivated for learning more and more. I hope will be able to become
successful in this.
A lot of people use their knowledge skills for breaking stuff and stealing. I personally think that doing harm to someone is a weak choice and will not have a good ending. I would recommend not to use your skills for any un-ethical endeavor. A single misuse of your skill may jeopardize your career since most companies do a strict third party background check before they hire a ethical hacker or a security personal.
There are dozens of companies looking for ethical hackers and security professionals. There are really good number of opportunities in this area and its really niche compensation segment. You will be easily able to get a decent job without even acquiring all the expert level skills to become a pro hacker.
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