Here is the list of Top 5 hacking tools for beginners.This list will tell you about the best software used for hacking purposes featuring port scanners, web vulnerability scanner, password crackers, forensics tools and social engineering tools.These tools are available to download for windows pc, Linux system and MAC OS x.
Also read: Best java ide for Mac, Windows, and Linux
Disclaimer: use them for educational purposes only. Geekviews don’t promote malicious practices
#1 Metasploit | Top 5 hacking tools beginners must know about
Metasploit is not just a collection exploit tools, Metasploit is a framework you can use it to build your own custom tools to do specific tasks for example if you wanted to test for vulnerabilities( the weakness which allows an attacker to break into system’s security ) in particular operating systems. With this hacking tool, you can easily simulate real-world attacks to find vulnerabilities. There are around 200,000 active users and contributor of Metasploit which make this tool world most used penetration testing framework.
There are both free and paid versions of Metasploit available, the free version is perfect to get start with if you are just a beginner. with the free version of Metasploit, you can conduct basic penetration testing on small networks and you will get the taste of what Metasploit express is capable of which cost around $500 per year. Metasploit is available for all major platforms including Windows, Linux, and OS X
#2 WireShark |Top 5 hacking tools beginners must know about
Wireshark is a GTK+-based network protocol analyzer or sniffer, that lets you capture and interactively browse the contents of network frames. Wireshark can be used to read live data from Ethernet, IEEE 802.11, PPP/HDLC, ATM, Bluetooth, USB, Token Ring, Frame Relay, FDDI, and others. Thousands of security professionals use Wireshark to analyze networks and live pocket capturing and deep scanning of hundreds of protocol.
Wireshark is free and open source tool was originally known as Ethereal. It is available for all major platforms including Windows, Linux, and OS X
Wireshark has a rich feature set which includes the following:
- Deep inspection of hundreds of protocols, with more being added all the time
- Live capture and offline analysis
- Standard three-ane packet browser
- Multi-platform: Runs on Windows, Linux, mac Os, Solaris, FreeBSD and many others
#3 NMAP|Top 5 hacking tools beginners must know about
If you have watched popular movies like matrix reloaded and die hard 4 you probably saw NMAP in action. NMAP(network mapper) is free and open source tools and it is the most popular port scanning tool around that allows efficient network discovery and security auditing.NMAP can determine the hosts available on a network, their services along with details, operating systems used by hosts, the type of firewall used, and other information by using raw IP packets. It may be used to discover computers and services on a computer network, thus creating a “map” of the network.
NMAP have also won multiple security product awards and was featured in multiple movies. Available for all major platforms including Windows, Linux, and OS X, you can use NMAP as a command line or a GUI application.
#4 Acunetix WVS |Top 5 hacking tools beginners must know about
Acunetix is used to find vulnerabilities in a website that cloud be fatal. This is a fast and easy to use multi-threaded tool which finds out malicious Cross-site Scripting, SQL injection, and other vulnerabilities by crawling the website. Acunetix can scan more than 1200 vulnerabilities in a WordPress website.
Acunetix comes with a Login Sequence Recorder that allows one to access the password-protected areas of the website. The new AcuSensor technology used in this tool allows you to reduce the false positive rate. Such features have made Acunetix WVS a preferred hacking tools that you need to check out as a beginner.
Acunetix is available for Windows XP and higher.
#5 oclHashcat | Top 5 hacking tools beginners must know about
If you want to crack passwords for some reason then you have to use password cracking tool oclHashcat . oclHashcat is an open source tool under MIT license that allows an easy integration or packaging of the common Linux distros. While Hashcat is a CPU-based password cracking tool, oclHashcat is its advanced version that uses the power of your GPU.
oclHashcat calls itself world’s fastest password cracking tool with world’s first and only GPGPU based engine. For using the tool, NVIDIA users require ForceWare 346.59 or later and AMD users require Catalyst 15.7 or later.
This tool employs following attack modes for cracking:
- Hybrid dictionary + mask
- Hybrid mask + dictionary
oclHashcat is available in different versions for all major platforms including Windows, Linux, and OS X
Here are some other hacking tools beginners should try out:
Maltego is proprietary software used for open-source intelligence and forensics, developed by Paterva. Maltego focuses on providing a library of transforms for the discovery of data from open sources and visualizing that information in a graph format, suitable for link analysis and data mining.
Nessus is a proprietary comprehensive vulnerability scanner which is developed by Tenable Network Security. It is free of charge for personal use in a non-enterprise environment
The social engineering toolkit is a project named Devolution, and it comes with Kali Linux as a framework used for penetration testing. To download SET on Linux(other than kali), type the following command:1git clone https:/// set/
Want to share something unique with our readers? Read Geekviews guest post submission guidelines here.