Posted by: iExperience on Aug 09, 2011
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The World Wide Web is something else… the idea that information is at your fingertips has never been more literal than in today’s world of cyberspace and all the cool gadgets that come with it. So, it is not surprising that when I wanted to get clued up on the basics of hacking, I came across a wealth of information.
If you haven’t got the slightest clue about hacking but you want to be the next Zukerberg then you’re reading the right blog… And, because something’s are always much easier with a simple guide, you gonna love this!
I found a few gems in amongst the tons of jargon and mumbo jumbo which are really great starting points. The first one I am going to share with you is a “How To Become A Hacker” by Eric Steven Raymond. This is a comprehensive and quirky guide to online hacking exploring everything from the hacker attitude to learning basic hacking skills.
What is great about this guide is that it tells you what to do and how to do it without making you feel stupid. Raymond also points out some important tips and hints about what not to do. It’s a simple and uncomplicated information package which comes from someone worth his salt since he has been in the business since the late 70’s.
The guide is easy to navigate and provides you with some additional resources. This is another important point in itself. You need to so your homework before you start hacking so get to know what it is all about before you get your fingers burnt.
Once you have the basics down or if you even struggling with the basics, the cool thing about hacking is that there are friends and communities willing to help you solve any problems you having along the way. I found a range of interesting forums including Hackers forum (original!?! but easy to remember I guess), The Hackers Server and Forum Jar. This is just the tip of the iceberg though so find a community that best suits your needs.
One last really cool site I found was Hack This Site. This is a free, safe a legal place where you can test out your skills. The site also has on-going projects as well as hacking articles and forums. It has guides and links for beginners and takes you through the process step-by-step.
This is only a starting point and it doesn’t necessarily mean that if you follow all the steps and guidelines that you will ever be able to give up your day job. But even if you are not the next cyber millionaire you might just pick up an extra hobby that allows the inner nerd in you to thrive.