Best Resources to get Started Hacking as a Beginner

So In the future I will do an all encompassing tutorial on what you should do in order to get started with hacking. But In this article I’m going to give you a list of great resources that helped me get from beginner to intermediate (at which point you should have a pretty clear idea of what you need to do).

  1. Codecademy
  2. Cybrary
  3. Hacksplaining

Thats it…..                                                                                                                                  Well sort of. That’s all you need to get started with  the basics. First I’d recommend learning HTML, CSS, Javascript, Python and command line basics on codecademy. That won’t take you long at all. Once you’ve done that, head over to cybrary and take a look at some of their courses. At minimum you’ll want to find a course that will take you over the basics of how networking works. The most comprehensive free overview of networking would probably be the Networking+ course. Then you could take a look at their Linux+ course. Both of these courses will supposedly prepare you for the comptia certifications which is something to look into if you’re interested in a career in IT. The next thing you’ll want to do is head over to Hacksplaining and go through all their vulnerability overviews. They only cover web vulnerabilities but It’ll be a decent foundation for you as a newbie hacker. Understanding the OWASP top 10 vulnerabilities is an absolute must these days in my opinion.

Bonus!

  1. Metasploit Unleashed
  2. VulnHub

By this point you’re somewhat of an intermediate. You’ve got the basics of a few coding languages, you’ve got an understanding of Linux, networking and you have an idea of what a vulnerability is. Metasploit unleashed will teach you how to actually use vulnerabilities to compromise a system. This is where the real hacking begins. On top of that you’ll learn one of the quintessential industry standard hacking tools Metasploit. After you’ve completed metasploit unleashed go check out VulnHub for some vulnerable VMs that you can practice your skills on. Start with the tried and true ones like Mr. Robot and Kioptrix so you can follow along the write ups (tutorials) until you gain a thorough understanding.

And did I mention that all these resources are FREE? yep. You don’t have to spend a dime to become a master hacker. Don’t listen to anyone who tells you that you do.

And after doing all that you’ll be a pro. except not really.

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