Cracking software is kind of pointless. The net is endless with cracks and activations etc it was fun years ago, I'm not interested in learning how to build my own cracks. Something with a little more punch, something a little more exciting...
I'm fluent with html and dabbled in php / java script. What is the best language to learn? And yes hacking the matrix sounds good lol have a good walk through? When you say network security you mean gaining full access to someone's network or just hacking free WiFi?
>>16655359 Those aren't real programming language, by which I mean they aren't useful. Learn Python, also yes, network security is gaining access to someone network. Hacking the WI-fi is either a 30 sec job or days, depending on the security. Are you talking commercial network? Watch out, they can and will prosecute you.
Commercial networks, yes. Surely there is a way I can learn this with a legal point of view - providing the service of finding holes in people's to improve their security... I'll look into python, is it a hard language to learn?
>>16655317 hate to break it to you. but hacking isnt anywhere near as exciting as you think. You have to be on the inside already to hack. A hacker is just able to navigate the code without a guide. 321ABDE8 A hacker can look at that and WRITE A PROGRAM to interpret that in large quantities. Those vids where people just read machine code is bs. You would have had to dedicate you life to that.
I am going to suggest a Website and a book. The site is "http://vim-adventures.com". The book is "Seven Languages in Seven Weeks".
Although hackers often work with technology, that side of things is far less important than outsiders believe. It has to be: technology changes so rapidly in today's world that the technological skills you use all the time today will be only occasionally useful in two years: never quite zero, but very close. I will not tell you how I learned, for example, because it wouldn't work for you: it was too long ago.
What DOESN'T change is the mindset. A hacker learns what he needs to learn as he goes along, and has to get very good at it: the book (or its sequel) will help you with this. A hacker is also always looking to apply those skills to tasks in unusual ways, hoping to find new opportunities to leverage them: thus, the Website (which is for, of all things, a text editor).
There's my advice. Yeah, it's weird. But in the current technological climate, I think it's probably the best way to get the fundamental skills that run deeper than any specific technology. Once you have these, you'll know what you need to do next.
>>16655382 People like that certainly exist. They're called penetration testers, 'red team' hackers (the 'blue team' provides the opposite service -- trying to fix security holes) or, informally, 'white hat' hackers. If you learn your shit and get good, the market for that is pretty good right now. It takes a while to get that good, though.
Get yourself a decent book and start learning -- it's been a good few years since I bought a beginner's programming book so I'm afraid I can't recommend any good ones any longer -- study it at your own pace and mess around for a good few months. Before too long you'll have a better idea 1. of whether you're actually interested enough in this sort of thing to pursue it and eventually get into computer security (it takes a lot of knowledge) and 2. of what direction you want to move towards (in terms of what languages and skills to study further, etc) next.
To the author of this post "if you're old enough to be posting on this board, and you don't already know how to do it ... it's far too late for you to learn now." It sounds like you doubt yourself a lot. Never ever stop learning my friend, it is a great thing we can do.
Believe me when I say it isn't a phase. I've spent my life playing with computers and technology, always breaking the 'rules' as such. My income comes from a business I've built in I.T. I did get the advice I was looking for and it does sound like an understanding of python is what I need. One website and a book I'll check out - if anyone knows of or can show me a few things that will make my journey easier don't hesitate to share :)
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