Want to learn how to hack? Of course, you do!
It’s a bit more involved than a single course or book. It’s a ‘whole life’ thing.
Professional hacking takes a lifetime to master and professionals don’t search ‘hacking’ when they learn. It’s really for us newbies who are trying to break into the Cyber Security field.
It’s important to know how hackers at the top of their field think. So I’ve put a list together of resources to get you there! I recommend jumping around from resource to resource to stay entertained while learning.
Since hacking can take years to get the hang of, here’s my list of courses, videos, books and games to get through in your journey. Have fun, fellow learner hacker.
*Disclaimer, this is an ongoing list I’ll update when I can. You’ll notice a rough time estimate and price tag for each course. Bookmark if it’s useful and check the newsletter for updates.
Don’t run before you can walk, meaning, learn the basics of computers.
To be proficient in the Cyber Secuirty your need a fundamental understanding of computing.
Start with Roppers Academy – Introduction to Computing Fundamentals
It’s big but takes you through everything your need.
Get into Code Academy – Learn Python 2
Then if you can, get the Automate with Python Udemy Course
Next, setup accounts on Hack The Box Academy and take their three fundamental modules:
- Linux Fundamentals Module
- Windows Fundamentals Module
- Networking Fundamentals Module
These double down on everything you’ve touched on from Roppers plus some.
Then start the TryHackMe – Complete Beginner Learning Path
It does require a premium plan, if that’s not possible, tackle most of the free available walkthroughs.
Next up, check out Cybrary, choose from some free courses to tackle there.
Lastly, take Introduction To Computer Science CS50x
This is the pinnacle of your computing fundamental learning path, after this step, you’re ready to get into the Cyber Security game for real!
All up, theres about 500+ hours worth of content for you! But to learn it well, it can take double that time and more.
Capture The Flags
Cyber Secuirty experts all say to learn from CTF’s as the gamification make’s it enoyable and addictive. To start, go to Roppers Academy – Introduction To Capture The Flags
Then, to get your hands dirty, go to VulnHubs
free and grab a beginner virtual machine.
Here’s a wide list of other platforms, content and people to be aware of. I’ll make this more readable soon.
- Darknet Diaries.
- Discord/Slack Communities.
- People on Twitter.
- Practice Exams and Certificates
- Programming Projects.
- Output: Note-taking, write-ups and active recall (quizlet)
I agree, this is a rough list, but I’ll pad it out overtime.
If you have any feedback, please send me a message @mrashleyball.