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Steps To Become Ethical Hacker

To become a hacker one has to
have an attitude and curiosity of
learning and adapting new skills.
You must have a deep knowledge of
computer systems, programming
languages, operating systems and
the journey of learning goes on and
on. Some people think that a hacker
is always a criminal and do illegal
activities but they are wrong.
Actually many big companies hire
hackers to protect their systems
and information and are highly paid.
We have prepared a list of some
most important steps necessary to
become a good hacker, have a
deeper look
UNIX/LINUX is an open source
operating system which provides
better security to computer
systems. It was first developed by
AT&T in Bell labs and contributed a
lot in the world of security. You
should install LINUX freely available
open source versions on your
desktops as without learning UNIX/
LINUX, it is not possible to become
a hacker.
2. Code in C language
C programming is the base of
learning UNIX/LINUX as this
operating system is coded in C
programming which makes it the
most powerful language as
compared to other programming
languages. C language was
developed by Dennis Ritchie in late
1970’s. To become a hacker you
should master C language.
3. Learn to code in more than one
Programming Language
It is important for a person in the
hacking field to learn more than one
programming. There are many
programming languages to learn
such as Python, JAVA, C++. Free
eBooks, tutorials are easily
available online.
4. Learn Networking Concepts
Another important and essential
step to become a hacker is to be
good at networking concepts and
understanding how the networks
are created. You need to know the
differences between different types
of networks and must have a clear
understanding of TCP/IP and UDP
to exploit vulnerabilities (loop holes)
in system.
Understanding what LAN, WAN,
VPN, Firewall is also important.
You must have a clear
understanding and use of network
tools such as Wireshark, NMAP for
packet analyzing, network scanning
5. Learn More Than One Operating
It is essential for a hacker to learn
more than one operating system.
There are many other Operating
systems apart from Windows,
UNIX/LINUX etc. Every system has
a loop hole, hacker needs it to
exploit it.
6. Learn Cryptography
To become a successful hacker you
need to master the art of
cryptography. Encryption and
Decryption are important skills in
hacking. Encryption is widely done
in several aspects of information
system security in authentication,
confidentiality and integrity of data.
Information on a network is in
encrypted form such as passwords.
While hacking a system, these
encrypted codes needs to be
broken, which is called decryption.
7. Learn more and more about
Go through various tutorials,
eBooks written by experts in the
field of hacking. In the field of
hacking, learning is never ending
because security changes every
day with new updates in systems.
8. Experiment A Lot
After learning some concepts, sit
and practice them. Setup your own
lab for experimental purpose. You
need a good computer system to
start with as some tools may
require powerful processor, RAM
etc. Keep on Testing and learning
until you breach a system.
9. Write Vulnerability (Loop hole
Vulnerability is the weakness, loop
hole or open door through which
you enter the system. Look for
vulnerabilities by scanning the
system, network etc. Try to write
your own and exploit the system.
10. Contribute To Open Source
Security Projects
An open source computer security
project helps you a lot in polishing
and testing your hacking skills. It’s
not a piece of cake to get it done.
Some organizations such as
MOZILLA, APACHE offer open
source projects. Contribute and be a
part of them even if your
contribution is small, it will add a
big value to your field.
11. Continue never ending Learning
Learning is the key to success in
the world of hacking. Continuous
learning and practicing will make
you the best hacker. Keep yourself
updated about security changes
and learn about new ways to exploit
12. Join Discussions and meet
Most important for a hacker is to
make a community or join forums,
discussions with other hackers
worldwide, so that they can
exchange and share their
knowledge and work as a team.
Join Facebook groups related to
hacking where you can get more
from experts.

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