What is Computer Hacking? | Aleri0n V0RT3X

17 December, 2015

What is Computer Hacking?

Computer hacking is the practice of modifying computer hardware and software to accomplish a goal outside of the creator’s original purpose. People who engage in computer hacking activities are often called hackers. Since the word “hack” has long been used to describe someone who is incompetent at his/her profession, some hackers claim this term is offensive and fails to give appropriate recognition to their skills. Hacking a computer is useful and harmful both at same time, and an important skill to pick up.

I know some of you even might be wondering to know how to hack Facebook account passwords? Before you try to hack any Facebook password, it is necessary to understand the real ways of doing it and also those that are simply scam that don’t work. I have covered some important topics in my previous article which will clear your facts about the term "hackers/hacking" and the different between Whitehack and Blackhat here: How to be a Hacker? Become an Ethical Hacker!

You also might be wondering what might be the best platform, or which OS is better for hacking. I have seen questions like, "What is the best computer for hacking". I want you to know that there are different platform on which hacking can be done. And different OS. It depends on what you wish to run. I am personally running Kali Linux on an external drive using virtualbox with an Alfa wireless card. For times when I don't want to boot into the native OS, I have a 32GB flash with persistence.

There are some basics hacking skills that everyone should know before they even trying to move on. Once you have a good grasp on everything in this section, you can move into the intermediary level. Skills like Basic Computer Skills, Networking Skills, Linus Skills, Virtualization, etc. You can find complete details on this here: What is a Hacker?

You should know that these skills can be used both for good purposes and bad purposes. Depends on what your intentions are. So there are two sides of a hacker. A good and a bad side. This is how the term 'whitehat' and 'blackhat' came up. If you use it to steal information or anything that is considered illegal, then you're considered a blackhat, but if you choose to help people or for other then stealing purpose you're considered the good guy, hence a whitehat or ethical hacker.

If you are interested in hacking and computer security instead of trying to do anything illegal there are many good alternatives to consider. We suggest learning an alternative operating system such as Linux, setting up computer networks, reading security news, and learning a programming language.

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Last Modified: 17 December, 2015