Sat Dec 02 2023
The Roadmap to Becoming a Hacker?
What is Hacker?
Hacker is a term used by some to mean "a clever programmer", especially "someone who tries to break into computer systems".
There is a community and shared culture of expert programmers and networking wizards that traces its history back through decades to the first time-sharing minicomputers and the earliest ARPAnet experiments. The members of this culture were the first "hackers". Breaking into computers and breaking phone systems have come to symbolize hacking in popular culture, but hacking culture is much more complex and moralistic than most people know. Here's a comprehensive guide outlining to becoming a computer hacker.
1. Establish a Solid Foundation
Begin by acquiring a strong understanding of computer science fundamentals, including operating systems, networking, and programming languages such as Python, Java, or C/C++. Comprehending these basics serves as a strong foundation for specialized cybersecurity knowledge.
2. Problem Solver
Creative brains are a valuable, limited resource.They shouldn't be wasted on re-inventing the wheel when there are so many fascinating new problems waiting out there.
To behave like a hacker, you have to believe that the thinking time of other hackers is precious, so much so that it's almost a moral duty for you to share information, solve problems and then give the solutions away just so other hackers can solve new problems instead of having to perpetually re-address old ones.
3. Think Creatively
You can start thinking artistically. Hackers are like artists, philosophers, and engineers all rolled up into one. They believe in freedom and mutual responsibility.
4. Stay Informed and Continuously Learn
Cyber threats are ever-evolving. Stay updated with the latest trends, vulnerabilities, and attack techniques by reading industry reports, following cybersecurity blogs, attending conferences, and engaging in continuous learning through online courses or workshops.
5. Network and Engage with the Community
Join cybersecurity forums, attend meetups, and connect with industry professionals to expand your network. Engage in knowledge-sharing and seek mentorship opportunities to gain insights from seasoned experts in the field.
6. Write Open-Source Software
Write programs that other hackers think are fun or useful, and give the program sources away to the whole hacker culture to use.
7. Test and Debug Open-Source Software
Any open-source author who's thinking will tell you that good beta-testers (who know how to describe symptoms clearly, localize problems well, can tolerate bugs in a quickie release, and are willing to apply a few simple diagnostic routines) are worth their weight in rubies.
8. Learn Alternative Operating System
Many people today run some version of Microsoft Windows, which is fine for home and office use, but it is also a good idea to learn alternative operating systems such as Linux. Learning a Linux distro not only helps broaden your experience, but is a necessity when wanting to navigate Linux based servers running websites and other web services.
9. Ethical and Legal Considerations
Adhere to ethical and legal standards. Ethical hacking and cybersecurity require a strong sense of ethics and responsibility. Understand the legal implications of cybersecurity practices and abide by ethical guidelines.
10. Pursue Advanced Education and Specializations
Consider pursuing advanced degrees or specialized certifications to deepen knowledge in specific areas of cybersecurity. Continuous education and staying current with evolving technologies are key to staying relevant in this dynamic field.
Becoming a hacker is a journey that demands dedication, continuous learning, and a commitment to protecting digital assets. By acquiring foundational knowledge, gaining practical experience, and staying abreast of the evolving threat landscape, aspiring hacking professionals can navigate the path towards expertise in this critical field.