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  • #363461


    I’m working in corporate, completely unrelated to coding, but really want to get to know about hacking stuff

  • #363462


    It totally is, and might be better for your mental health considering you won’t be under pressure, but some companies pay for courses and certificates to help their employees, but besides that, you can still read books, pay yourself for courses, use labs, go to events, etc

  • #363463


    Try HackTheBox or TryHackMe, these are online platforms that allow you test your skills for fun. John Hammond, TheCyberMentor, IppSec are all YouTube’s that cover these sort of stuff. Best of luck.

  • #363464


    There were hackers before Cyber Security became an industry.

  • #363465


    The most certainly! I started to play HTB as a hobby a couple of years back and now I work in infosec. Got my OSCP a month ago.

  • #363466


    It’s possible to do anything, unless we are talking about supernatural then you might as well give up now

  • #363467


    People learn physics as a hobby so why not.

  • #363468


    O for sure, as said companies can help but just messing around can be fun. Reading lots of documentation, this platform, youtube and udemy if you need a little more structure and can spare then 10 or so bucks for a class. Just put together a little kali or parrot live usb and play around with the tools. Then you can play with tryhackme and hackthebox when you want to test yourself.

  • #363469


    Many people took it up as a hobby or curiosity even before cyber security itself was an industry. Just know that like all things it takes time and constant practice to be proficient and the landscape is rapidly evolving.

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  • #363471


    Nope. learning only works if you’re paid to do it

  • #363472


    YouTube, Udemy, CodeRed – plenty of resources online and monthly subscriptions for like $20 max from noob to pro.

    Imo, probs learn a few tools in specific areas like networking, reverse engineering/programming etc then just dive right into CTF’s. Have fun, learn, rinse/repeat/learn, never stop learning.

    You can never stop reading therefore reading = learning = never stop learning = git gud. lol, love ya #nohomo.

  • #363473


    tinker with kali or parrot sec

  • #363474


    I mean if someone was able to develop an app that calculates the money you earn in relation to the time spent on the toilet taking a dump then it’s possible that you can learn to do anything you can imagine lol Skies the limit

  • #363475


    You got to be a bit all round when it comes to computers and web though. Like make sure you figure out how browsers work (html, cookies) basic networking and some basic grip of programming. If you have that covered just jump into all hacking/CTF sites out there. It’s like figuring out puzzels and quite fun

  • #363476


    yeah man set up a spare computer as a home server and start fucking around with it

    it’s perfectly legal to break into your own home and stomp about 😀

  • #363477


    …Not from a Jedi.

    But no, seriously, yes. You totally can.

  • #363478


    Yeah man. I’ve been doing online hacking challenges. One site that was recommended to me is

    A lot of the challenges come with the documentation about the exploit and there’s a forum where you can find hints if the steps are not super obvious. In the end you learn a lot.

  • #363479


    Sure. You don’t need to start with programming, there are security professionals who aren’t A+ developers, they’re different jobs, programming a specific tool for a weird edge case is where it’s useful. Most useful tools have been made, polished and are employed on a wide scale (i.e. Splunk).

    I say this from the perspective of an analyst so your mileage may vary, there are of course entire careers in cyber revolving specifically around programming.

    For a hobby though, you can learn far far more about how computers operate and why they need security by learning about basic computer architecture, networking, and common protocols. Programming will help you take what you ALREADY understand about computers to a problem.

    People will disagree I’m sure. Programming is a very small subset of what there is to know, it’s just arguably the hardest part to grind out. You will learn a ton of new things when you start, but that quickly tapers off into repetition and double checking of documentation. It’s easier to stay interested when you can learn something unique every day.

    Just personal experience, you do you. Didn’t have enough time to write a short response so I wrote a long one

  • #363480


    Ive been doing that for months

  • #363481


    Absolutely! Back in the day, there was no cybersecurity industry, so almost everyone learned hacking and security in their downtime. The roots of the industry are people doing it as a hobby. As a hiring manager, I would always hire someone who does security as a hobby over someone who just does it for the paycheque.

    Whatever your background is, think about what you can use for hacking; marketing skills are good for awareness training, people skills are good for social engineering, construction skills for physical pentesting, etc.

  • #363482


    HackTheBox Academy is excellent for the beginning!

  • #363483


    do you like random competitions, well I just saw this [](

  • #363484


    There is plenty of free resources online, but I like to recommend a Comp Tia Security + , certification textbook as a good resource, various authors have written books. I think the current version is 601? (Also the Network+ , is a great complimentary. )

  • #363485


    Sure. I mean, everybody in the whole industry who’s been here 15+ years did it that way; college education in cybersecurity is a relatively new idea.

    This said, being good at it requires learning a lot of underlying technology too — i.e. learning cybersecurity means also learning networking, operating systems, coding, PC troubleshooting, etc.

  • #363486


    Download kalee linoooox

  • #363487


    []( and/or []( are great sites with tons of information and resources. Oh, right, the answer is 100% YES.

  • #363488


    Considering my graduate level Advanced Cybersecurity Engineering class was stuff I googled when I was 14, absolutely.

  • #363489


    I literally learned how to hack things by building them and breaking their code in any way I could. I eventually took it up to other consumer grade devices and researching exploits of these devices. You may not personally gain anything from these exploits that are older, but its valuable knowledge to gain and allows you to have a perspective of how to approach a device for its security. Trust me. Build things, Break things, And study things.

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