Choosing your hacking path
Ask any stranger what a hacker is, they will probably give you a really negative answer; identity theft, hacking accounts, stealing, to name a few. The reality is actually quite different. There are a few kinds of hackers, you probably only know about the bad ones. This section should give you a better understanding of the different kinds of hackers, and help you decide which kind you should become.
Black hat hackers: These are the bad guys you always hear about. These are the people giving other hackers a bad name. Black hat hackers are the ones who commit crime. They steal identities, hack accounts, ddos sites and just go about causing havoc.
Grey hat hackers: Grey hats are basically good guys. They still do illegal stuff, but they report it to the person/company they are targeting. So… Basically they do bad stuff and help people to fix it.
White hat hackers: White hat hackers are the good guys. They fix stuff and help people. They don’t do illegal stuff. You’ve probably never heard of an event where a hacker does something good but these guys do that all the time.
Examples of white hat hackers are:
• Cyber security teams
• IT consultants
Now that you have a better understanding of the ‘types’ of hackers, you need to choose your path. This requires a lot of thinking, because you need to consider the possibilities of each path. Black hat is the easiest path to choose. It’s ‘fun’ and it has the most benefits. It also is the only one that will get you in trouble and maybe even arrested. Grey hat is a slightly more difficult path. You (technically) are a good guy but most people won’t see you as such. Grey hats have a hard time because although they are trying to help, the method they are using isn’t really that legal. If you do choose to be a Grey hat, be aware that some people won’t believe you are really trying to help, and you may still get in trouble. The last and most difficult path is White hat. As I mentioned before, White hats are the good guys. Their job is to help. Becoming a White hat may seem boring but you are helping people, and that should be a reward in itself. The only problem with becoming a What hat is that you will have to start out as a Black hat. I personally would recommend that you start out as a Grey hat. You’ll get more out of it.
Staying anonymous while online is something that many people can’t seem to do. First off, why is it important to stay anonymous? Well, this question shouldn’t really need answering. If you don’t stay anonymous, your effectively allowing people to steal your identity. It’s important to cover your tracks while online because there will always be somebody there, waiting to exploit even the first slip-up they see. Moral of the story: STAY ANONYMOUS!!
#– Extending your knowledge
“Don’t learn to hack, hack to learn”. You’ve probably seen that posted all around the internet. To a certain extent, it’s true. Hacking is often used to gain knowledge you wouldn’t otherwise be able to know. However if you don’t learn to hack, how can you hack?