As a hacker, you must always make sure that every move you make is the right one. It may feel like fun when you start hacking, but there are some potential pitfalls that rookie hackers must watch out for. These mistakes may mean the difference between deploying a successful hack and getting hacked yourself, or getting busted.
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For those who are serious about hacking the right way and not getting caught, there are specific methods that you have to use to avoid detection. The methods explained below are used by expert hackers to stay ahead of those who want to bring them down.
Avoiding Detection When Hacking
- Ensure that your hard drive is encrypted. Use VeraCrypt, an open source disk encryption that provides very strong security.
- Install a desktop OS that is able to run like a virtual machine with traffic being routed via Tor. It is recommended that you install Whonix in the encrypted hard drive described above. Whonix is made up of two sections: Whonix-Gateway and Whonix- Workstation. Whonix-Gateway runs Tor only and controls all access to the internet. In other words, you can only connect online through Tor — nothing else works. Whonix-Workstation operates on a totally isolated network. Whonix allows you to Stay anonymous online, with servers and applications running undetected. Even malware that has root privileges cannot reveal your actual IP address.
- Do not use Whonix for personal stuff — normal, everyday computer activities. You do not want to risk your personal information being used to identify you.
- Avoid using Tor exit nodes for direct hacks, since they are slow, have been blacklisted, and are unable to receive connect-backs necessary for reverse shells. Tor is able to offer anonymous connections to the infrastructure that you will use to perform your hacks (this infrastructure includes compromised servers to be used as decoys, stable servers for receiving reverse shells, and clean domain names). The connection between you and your infrastructure will be low bandwidth text interface (SSH), and this will enable high bandwidth connection to whatever system or network you are targeting.
- Use bitcoins when buying your hacking tools, for example, domain registration servers, anonymous VPN, and virtual private servers. There’s nothing as dumb as paying for such things using your personal credit card. Always make sure that you separate your personal identity with any hacking activities you engage in.
- Tor may be a great solution for keeping your traffic anonymous, but it is still advisable to use a connection that will not be linked to either your name or address. You can even borrow someone else’s internet connection by using a device known as a “cantenna.” Tor has been attacked in the past, so you should always look at adding extra layers of security.
Consider the following points to be the don’ts of hacking, especially for beginners.
- Do not fall for any websites that offer hacking software or offer email IDs in exchange for money. These are scam websites targeting fresh and wannabe hackers. They will take your money and whatever they give you in return will not work.
- Do not buy any software that is advertized as being able to hack organizations like Facebook or Google. These are hoaxes, and such software is likely to be a fake. In fact, if you are dumb enough to try to acquire such software, you may get hacked yourself.
- Do not download Trojans and key loggers as freeware over the Internet. These kinds of software are not free and you may end up allowing another hacker entry into your system.
- Do not limit your hacking abilities by relying solely on hacking software and tools. Learn how to write your own programs, codes, and scripts. These are the essential weapons of every great hacker.
- Do not become complacent with having one skill, for example, web development or programming. Becoming a great hacker will require you to be a good programmer, developer, security expert, and scriptwriter.