So, You Want to be a Hacker?

Thinking of being a hacker, but you have no idea where or how to start? Well, we’ve got you. Here’s our beginners’ guide to hacking, so let’s start with the basics.

Step 1: Begin with the Basics

For beginners who have little or no previous knowledge of hacking, it is always better to start off from the basics. Instead of directly trying to learn how to hack, you can begin by exploring more about topics such as computer networks, network ports, firewalls, proxies, common network protocols like IP addresses, HTTP, FTP, DNS, SMTP etc. along with how each of that stuff work. You can also begin to learn more about alternate operating systems based Linux, whose knowledge becomes very essential in hacking. The more you learn about the basics, the easier it is to find vulnerabilities and device exploits. Once you develop a basic understanding of the fundamental concepts, you will be in a position to easily understand various hacking techniques that are in practice.

Step 2: Find a Good Source to Start Off

There are so many books and websites that give out technical information on latest vulnerabilities along with possible ways to exploit them. However, for beginners it is hard to find sources that teach hacking right from the basics in a simple and easy to follow manner. The best source to start off with is YouTube. There are many YouTube channels and videos that cover hacking, try those with the most subscribers, views and likes. There are a few blogs that also teach hacking, I’ve handpicked the best two: Null Byte and Kali Tutorials.

Step 3: Learn Programming (Optional)

If you want to take your hacking skills a notch higher, programming is something that you can’t skip down. Although you can easily find a lot of ready made tools and programs that let you hack with ease, it is always better to have some basic knowledge of programming languages like PHP and JavaScript so that you will be in a position to develop your own tools and exploit codes. However, if you do not wish to learn programming you can skip this step and still be a good hacker.

So, How Long does it Take to Master Hacking?

Since hacking is not something that can be mastered overnight, you should never be in a hurry to get going. It requires knowledge, skills, creativity, dedication and of course, patience. Depending on the amount of effort and dedication you put, it can take up anywhere between a few months to few years to develop all the the necessary skills. Everyone can become a hacker provided they learn it from the basics and build a solid foundation. So, if you want to be a hacker all you need is passion to learn, a good source of knowledge that will guide you through the basics and some perseverance.

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^ RL