Temp 64 at 9PM. Rain all day tomorrow too. Does not seem like a drought, 30 inches so far this year. Everything green. Wildflower season drags on due to enough moisture.
How to protect yourself online? Even if offline the online crooks may steal your identity, your house or bank accounts.
I have always been compulsively interested in ethical hacking. Yesterday I looked at some of the textbooks and know lots of the material picked up by using computers a lot and worried about how info can be misused. But many interesting new facts. It is not just the computer. The people, psychology, “social engineering”… These text books are surprisingly cheap many $25-30 but fairly thick and detailed
The Certified Ethical Hacker is a professional certification, provided by the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants. An ethical hacker is usually employed by an organization who trusts him or her to attempt to penetrate networks and/or computer systems, using the same methods as a hacker, for the purpose of finding and fixing computer security vulnerabilities.
Do viruses, DDoS attacks, or buffer overflows tickle your fancy? If so, you might consider becoming a legal hacker, aka an ethical hacker, “white hat” hacker, or penetration tester. Businesses and government-related organizations that are serious about their network security hire ethical hackers and penetration testers to help probe and improve their networks, applications, and other computer systems with the ultimate goal of preventing data theft and fraud. worldwide enterprise IT spending grew by 5.9 percent between 2009 and 2010, to a total of $2.7 trillion. At the same time, security is becoming a more pressing concern. worldwide security services 2015 $49.1 billion. In your first year earn anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000 per year, depending on the company that hires you, and on your IT experience and education.
The Basics of Hacking and Penetration Testing, Second Edition: Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing Made Easy Paperback – August 15, 2013 by Patrick Engebretson $22.19
The Basics of Hacking and Penetration Testing, 2nd Ed. serves as an introduction to the steps required to complete a penetration test or perform an ethical hack from beginning to end. No prior hacking experience is needed. You will learn how to properly utilize and interpret the results of modern day hacking tools, which are required to complete a penetration test. Tool coverage includes Backtrack and Kali Linux, Google reconnaissance, MetaGooFil, DNS interrogation, Nmap, Nessus, Metasploit, the Social Engineer Toolkit (SET) , w3af, Netcat, post exploitation tactics, the Hacker Defender rootkit, and more. The book provides a simple and clean explanation of how to effectively utilize the tools and introduces a four-step methodology for conducting a penetration test or hack. You will be provided with the know-how required to jump start your career or gain a better understanding of offensive security. The book walks through each of the steps and tools in a structured, orderly manner, allowing readers to understand how the output from each tool can be fully utilized in the subsequent phases of the penetration test. This process allows readers to clearly see how the tools and phases function and relate.
The second edition includes updated information covering Kali Linux as well as focusing on the seminal tools required to complete a penetration test
New tools added including the Social Engineer Toolkit, Meterpreter, w3af and more!
Each chapter contains hands-on examples and exercises that are designed to teach you how to interpret the results and utilize those results in later phases
Written by an author who works in the field as a Penetration Tester and who teaches Offensive Security, Penetration Testing, and Ethical Hacking, and Exploitation classes at Dakota State University
. This is a great book that will help put you on the right track, but that track is a lot more than simply learning how to “use a tool” or running “a fill in the blank” scan, and clicking magic button. A novice approach such as what one would likely conclude from the original reviewer’s lack of highly available knowledge in the field will only serve you problems should you get caught. You should always work on your own equipment and labs and/or with written and explicit authorization of the equipment of others specific to the scope of what activities will be taken. If you are serious about learning and actually entering in to the field; be forewarned it is massive and daunting, however, if you take it one step at a time and get a broad overview of the landscape first, you can begin to layout and map your path with regards to the various topics you will want to learn in the most logical manner possible. While I am far from “experienced” myself, it is a rewarding field that will likely become exponentially more rewarding and important with the growing array of expansive impacts to fields that have largely not been synonymous with Network or Information Security. For instance privacy, politics, foreign and domestic relations, government activity and oversight (or lack thereof), internal business practices and policies and will continue to further shape the way we communicate, do business and live our lives day-to-day. These impacts will likely only continue to grow, while ethical hackers and proper penetration testing is performed to maintain a balance with the ultimate goal of securing personal information, IP, and other assets…. To find more information on such paths, you can look into the various security certifications and domains of knowledge they cover as a means to get you started with some of what you will want to begin learning….