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Another useful skill is hacking websites and other network resources. Although many hackers tend to specialize in one specific area of computer science, understanding how computers communicate across networks and provide information to visitors via websites is an essential part of becoming a real hacker.
There are tons of ways to hack websites depending on the hosting server and technology used on the site (such as ASP.net, PHP, etc.). There are actually multiple websites available on the Internet that are designed to be hacked. These sites teach you everything from SQL injection to XSS attacks.
Learning Computer Networking is almost as important as learning to program.
In addition to understanding how to breach a website, you should also spend some time learning UNIX and Linux. The majority of Web servers around the world are operated from one of these two OSs and you will be well served by becoming intimately familiar with the inner workings of the Apache Web Server (Linux-based).
A good way to become familiar with Linux is to download and use it at home. Many hackers do not use Windows because of known security flaws inherent to the OS. If you have no Linux experience, consider downloading Ubuntu. This is a free, open-source Linux OS that shares many similarities with the familiar Windows UI; allowing even inexperienced users to grasp basic concepts quickly.
Hacking is a skill that you can never truly master. As you become well-versed in various programming languages and the Internet, you will join the ranks of the hacking community; however, your work as a hacker is never done. There are always new techniques, tips, and tricks to learn along the way.
This makes hacking a fun and interesting experience – something you can carry with you throughout your lifetime. It may seem exciting to crack a website or server somewhere, but always keep in mind the legal repercussions of your actions. The last thing the hacking community needs is another wannabe cracker creating bad press for the legitimate hacking community and computer security experts everywhere.
On a positive note, your skills as a hacker translate very well into the computer security profession. The skills you learn as you hone your hacking prowess are in high demand by companies around the world as they look for new ways to protect their equipment and information from Black Hat Hackers.
Most importantly, enjoy the experience. Have fun learning and applying new techniques and you will find yourself among the hacking elite in no time.
Edited by Justified, 04 September 2015 - 11:57 PM.