The 5 best Hacking Books

Hacking is the process through which you gain unauthorized access to a computer or a network. It could be done simply by looking at someone’s password over their shoulder or using the world’s largest computer to break down the defenses. Hacking is a crime in most of the countries of the world, you could face jail time and huge fines. However, there are a growing number of ethical hackers, these are people who hack computers to know the weak points in the security of the computer. Once these ethical hackers determine the weak point, the weak point is either removed or reinforced. Thus learning hacking can be very useful, it can let you check the security of your application or your computer, but do not use your skill for harming others. Learning to hack will also help protect yourself from being hacked as you will be able to see signs of a hacking. Below are the top books that you can use to learn about hacking.

Hacking With Kali Linux: A Comprehensive, Step-By-Step Beginner’s Guide

  • This book on hacking is by Peter Bradley.
  • This book does not really focus on the hacking process but rather teaches you to use the best hacking OS out there, Kali Linux.
  • Learning Kali Linux will be very helpful for hacking.

This book instructs you on how to install Kali Linux into your computer and how to use the various tools that it provides. This book is not for advanced users and the book is best for you only if you have no knowledge about Linux. That said, this book is cheap and do purchase it if you need to know the basics of Kali Linux

Learn Ethical Hacking from Scratch: Your stepping stone to penetration testing

  • This book is by Zaid Al-Quraishi, who is an ethical hacker and the founder of zSecurity.
  • This book is great at teaching you the basics of ethical hacking.
  • It will teach you about how computers work and how to find their security weak points.

It will then teach you how to exploit these vulnerabilities and gain access to the systems. This will be a test of the computer security system. Finally, the book will teach you how to secure your computer or server from hackers. This book’s instructions are displayed in a clear and concise manner, thus making it much easier for you to learn the subject. The author also has online courses on hacking, which will complement this book. While this book is quite expensive, it is one of the best books you can find on penetration testing(aka ethical hacking).

Hacking: The Art of Exploitation, 2nd Edition

  • This book by John Erickson intends to teach you the art of hacking.
  • Rather than showing you existing techniques of hacking, he intends to teach you how an actual hacker will breakdown a secure computer.
  • This book also includes a LiveCD that allows you to run Linux without having to change your current operating system.

This book also introduces the C fundamentals a hacker needs. Instead of just following a set of instructions, this book takes you through a fluidic journey where you explore hacking instructions by yourself. While beginners can try to get started with this book, it is best recommended that you have a solid knowledge about programming before you get started with this book. This book is moderately priced and do invest in it if you are ready to dive into the world of hacking

Computer Hacking Beginners Guide: How to Hack Wireless Network, Basic Security and Penetration Testing, Kali Linux, Your First Hack

  • This is a book by Alan T Norman, he is an ethical hacker hailing from San Francisco.
  • This book provides you a complete overview of hacking, the types of hacking and hackers, and how to protect yourself from them.

This is a book for beginners and is quite easy to understand. It has a whole lot of information, some of which even experienced hackers might not know. The book though has a few grammatical errors and confusing sentences here and there. This book even consists of methods of how to hack an email, hacking WiFi, spoofing, and the basics of ethical hacking. It has a huge list of tips that you will find useful when you hack. This book is one of the cheapest books available on the subject, but it does not compromise on the quality of the content.

ETHICAL HACKING: A Comprehensive Beginner’s Guide to Learn and Master Ethical Hacking

  • This book by Hein Smith and Hilary Morrison is one of the best guides for beginners who want to learn to hack.
  • This book teaches all the methods, tools, and skills that you need to become an ethical hacker.

This guide has everything from the basic concepts to the complex procedures you need to execute. It will also offer you an insight into a hacker’s mind, thus you will be able to protect yourself from them more effectively. This book is pretty cheap, so do get it if you want a basic understanding of ethical hacking.

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