How to Become a Hacker

4 Signs Hacking May Be in Your DNA

So, you wanna be a hacker? First, you should know whether or not you were born to be one. Here are the signs:

  •  Someone asks if you are multilingual. You say, “Yes! I’m fluent in C++, HTML 5 and Ruby”.
  • You know that spear phishing has nothing to do with hunting marine animals.
  • You believe that something can be strengthened by exposing its weakness.
  • You are a supporter of “free” internet and you stand against bills like Stop Online Piracy Act.

What Type of Hat Will You Wear?

The type of hat that you wear will determine what type of hacker you want to become.

white hat
White Hat – A White Hat Hacker is an ethical hacker. He gets permission to break into a company’s network to find and patch vulnerabilities and weaknesses. He’s the hacker that goes against other hackers. He’s a good guy who everybody would want to have on their side. Of course, don’t make them mad though. They can do some nasty damage if you make them angry.
gray hat hackeer
Gray Hat – A Gray Hat Hacker has no malicious intent when hacking. This type of hacker illegally breaches a company’s network and notifies the public about its security holes. He’s somewhat of a good guy but uses some questionable means to achieve something. Think of him as the Robin Hood in the digital world. So probably that also makes him a bad guy depending on which side you are.
black hat hacker
Black Hat – a Black Hat Hacker is a cyber criminal. He infiltrates computer networks and uses compromised information for personal gain. Stay away from these types at all cost. They have succumbed to the dark side. Don’t ever, ever choose this path.

Jobs for Hackers

Here are the two possible jobs for hackers (We are going white hat here folks. We don’t want to turn you over towards the dark side):

information security analyst

1. Hackers who are information security analysts

Here’s what they do:

  • Safeguard computer networks and systems and monitor them in case of breaches.
  • Create company wide cyber security policies which include a disaster recovery plan.
  • Make security recommendations to upper management.
  • Research about new cyber threats and develop countermeasures for them.
  • Average Salary: $86,100.
Here’s how to become one:

  • Graduate high school. Yes, studying is part of success.
  • Earn a bachelor’s degree in computer science, programming, information security or some other discipline similar to these. (Getting an MBA is optional but would certainly help)
  • Gain relevant work experience in a field of your desired branch of cyber security.
  • Finally, land a job as an information security analyst.
computer programmer

Hackers who are computer programmers

Here’s what they do:

  • Use programming languages like Java and C++ to write computer software.
  • Utilize code libraries so code doesn’t have to be written from scratch.
  • Check different applications for bugs and rewrite code to fix them.
  • Work with software developers to help design programs.
  • Average Salary: $74,200.
Here’s how to become one:

  • Graduate high school.
  • Earn a bachelor’s degree in computer science, programming, information security or some other discipline similar to these. (You could also gain experience through internships after getting your degree)
  • Get hired as a computer programmer.
  • Stay updated on new programming trends and consider becoming certified in a specific programming language or product.
So, you wanna be a hacker?

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