Hacking is the art of breaking into or penetrating though a secured virtual barrier or firewall normally without the consent of the owner of the virtual environment. Being an act that has always been viewed negatively, hackers always want to keep their identity anonymous to avoid arrest by the authority. Although hacking always poses a serious threat to our systems, to me it is in one way very helpful and that is why I insist on employing computer professionals who possess the skills of hacking.
They help my company by keeping all possible penetration points closed to the public. Furthermore, they help me gather information that keeps my company at a competitive advantage in relation to my competitors. But what does it takes to become a hacker? The following are some of the basic steps that can guide you on how to become a hacker who can break through the security firewalls of any given system. But remember that in hacking there is no giving up.
Learn programming languages extensively. If we take an example of a mechanic, before he can repair a vehicle engine, he has to understand its various part and how they work separately and together as a unit. The same knowledge can be applied to hacking. As a hacker, you must understand the building blocks of systems which are its programming codes and the logic in them. To do this you have to learn different programming languages and how they are applied. Learn how different constructs are used to come up with a fully functional system. You must also learn and understand the art of “reverse engineering”. By this I mean you must be able to understand a system from the final product (system) backwards to the codes (how it was developed). This will help you develop the art of “dismantling” any given system even if you were not there when it was being developed.
Be analytical. Paying attention to details is one of the skills that a hacker MUST posses. By being analytical I mean that you should be diagnostic or investigative in finding out why things have been done the way they are or why things happen the way they happen. Try to analyze and understand the logic behind the operation of the systems that you come across. You have to be fully developed on how you analyze logic critically into finer details. To some extent this ability comes naturally but you can develop it through being too inquisitive on matters related to systems development. You can also develop this skill by playing lots of puzzles and this is not a joke, it worked for me.
Your creativity can work wonders. There is always more than one way in which one problem can be solved and the way that you decide to use depends on how you view that particular problem. Some of the ways you use to arrive to a given solution are totally dependent on how creative you are (i.e. the level of your creativity determines how you solve any new problem you are faced with). Your level of creativity can play a significant role in the way you maneuver toward a given solution, even in the way you hack into a system. Being creative can help you hack into any given system creatively without being detected. Like developing images that are programmed to collect user information when placed as the desktop background.
When viewed from an ethical dimension, hacking is an act that should not be encouraged if it is done with a negative (bad) intention. On the other hand, hacking can be a very useful act since it keeps those in charge of maintaining the security of these systems on the alert. Hackers also help in detecting loopholes in systems that its developers never foresaw and thus they are able to correct it if they have been notified. If you really want to learn to be a hacker, you should ask yourself whether your intention is negative or positive. Have a nice hacking day.