Hacking is not easy. But, with hard work and practice, you can learn hacking and become an expert in the field. I receive so many messages on WhatsApp and Instagram to teach hacking. People want to hack Facebook and WhatsApp without any knowledge in hacking. Let me clear you one thing, if hacking was so easy or if there was any single tool to hack social accounts then everybody could have got that tool and start hacking accounts. Hacking is not a one click magical method. Hacking is a process. So, I reply to those people that you cannot learn hacking in one day. You must learn step by step from basics and then practice what you have learnt to become a good hacker.
Target Audience for this Post :
This post is not for those who want to become a hacker in a day. Those people can please stop reading this post further and search for some tools and try their luck in hacking. This post is for those people who are serious about hacking and want to become a professional hacker or want to build a career in hacking. I know it will take a very long time to learn everything but you will be an expert in the field.
Basic Requirements :
The basic requirements to become a professional hacker are :
- Problem Solving
- Creative Thinking
If you have the above skills then you are good to go. To become a hacker, all of these things are necessary. While hacking, you should be creative in thinking and patient. You should maintain a discipline and not start hacking everyone for fun. Hacking has some ethics to follow. To become a professional hacker you need to be dedicated all the time and think as a problem solver.
Career in Ethical Hacking :
A Hacker is not only someone who breaks into security and steals information or robs banks. A hacker (Ethical Hacker) is also someone who thinks like a hacker and protects himself or someone from getting their information stolen. Generally these type of ethical hackers are hired by big organisations to protect their information and minimizing potential damage. If you are thinking to build a career in Ethical Hacking, then you are on a right track, because security is becoming a more pressing concern in coming future. Having core knowledge is not enough, you have to be an expert in the field as the competition grows day by day. I recommend you learn more and more skills required to become a professional hacker.
Steps to Become a Professional Hacker :
1. Develop a Hacker’s Attitude :
The first thing you need to learn is to develop the attitude of a professional hacker. A hacker is not the one who does harm to others or steals information. They are called crackers or Black Hat Hackers. A White Hat Hacker (can you relate it to White Hat Devil 🙂 ) or an ethical hacker is someone who works for an organisation to protect their information. A Real hacker doesn’t go cheap with his little tricks. Hacking is an Art, so never misuse it.
2. Learn Multiple Operating Systems :
You can start learning hacking with a simple step. Start using multiple operating systems and understand how they work. The best operating system to start with is Unix or Linux. I recommend you to install Linux (any flavor) and start learning it. Unix or Linux are good for security. Once you are good with these, you can start learning how Microsoft operating systems work. There are a lot of vulnerabilities in windows OS. You can work on them later once you are aware how an OS works. For learning purpose, you can install various operating systems on virtual machines.
Learn to operate these OS (in the same order) :
- Kali Linux
3. Learn Programming Languages :
A hacker must know programming. You can start with basic programming languages like C, C++ and Java. Then you can start advanced languages like Java, Perl and Python. A good knowledge in HTML, XML is also required along with query languages like SQL.
I recommend you learn in this order :
- C, C++ and Java : To write codes. Most of the key loggers, viruses are written using these languages.
- HTML, XML, Java script : These are required for Web Hacking.
- Python, Perl : Python is the best language for web development and favorite of programmers due to its simplicity and ease of use.
- SQL : For doing SQL injections and database hacking.
4. Learn Networking :
Knowledge in networking concepts like firewalls, routers, IPs, DNS, DHCP are required for internet hacking. You must have a good knowledge of LAN, WAN, VPN, TCP/IP and UDP Protocols, Ports etc.
5. Learn Cryptography :
You must master the art of cryptography and encryption. These techniques are used in various aspects of information security such as confidentiality of data, authentications etc. Try learning various encryption algorithms and how to decrypt an encrypted code. Learn how SSL works. Learn how to crack passwords.
Advanced Level Steps
6. Participate in Hackathons and Hacking Challenges :
There are a lot of online services which provides you challenges to test your skills. One of the example is hackthebox. Participate in hackathons, hacking campaigns. It will allow you to meet other people of the same field and expand your knowledge.
7. Write Programs, Vulnerabilities :
Start writing your own programs for doing tasks. Learn about vulnerabilities, loop holes in a system and ways to fix it. Try to learn how key loggers and viruses are written and how they work.
8. Contribute and Share your Knowledge :
There are communities like github, stackoverflow etc, which allows you to contribute your code with the world. This way you share your knowledge, you get feedback and you learn more. It is the best way to let people test your code and know what is missing. Even if you are not ready just join these communities to learn from the available resources.
Read and Watch a Lot and Experiment a Lot :
Try to read as many books as you can. Watch online tutorials related to hacking. Learn how to use hacking tools like Metasploit, NMap, etc. Watch security talks by famous personalities. Follow youtube channels of famous hackers.
If you have a computer/laptop with good amount of RAM, install various virtual machines with OS like Kali Linux, Parrot Sec, Ubuntu, Red Hat Linux etc. Start experimenting with the tools available.
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