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How can I learn to hack constructively?

By Envergure
Mar 18, 2010
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  1. I would like to learn how to hack things in a constructive way, legally and without risking damaging anything, but I don't know where to start. I figure it could be fun and a maybe useful skill.

    Thanks
    - Chris
     
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    Depends what you are 'hacking'. If its stuff online, I think that violates your legally clause. If you are talking physical things, then that violates 'without risking damaging'.

    www.hackaday.com is a cool site you might want to check out.
     
  3. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,691   +1,879

    I saw a book on Windows hacks once. The author's testimonial was that "if I knew thern, what I know now, I would never have gone to jail". I forget the exact name though, either the author, or the book.
     
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,317   +618

    hacking: generic derogatory term given to people that invade and alter software;

    but what specifically do you mean by the term?
    Learning to
    • fix software
    • change embedded options for your environment
    • bypassing password verification
    • ... you fill-in the blank ...
     
  5. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,691   +1,879

    The irony is, that if you have to ask, you may not be good at it. I would think you'd have to learn several programming languages first. That should keep you busy for a while.
     
  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    Hacking devices to make them more functional though is cool.
     
  7. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    Guess I have to ask also: give us a 'for instance' what it is you think you want to do that isn't available through open source?

    From my reading though, I thought 'hackers' were just born that way- they didn't need lessons!
     
  8. CAMusing

    CAMusing TS Enthusiast Posts: 179

    If it isn't available through open source, then it is through nefarious means.
     
  9. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    Well I guess I nailed that CAMusing!
     
  10. ultragrey

    ultragrey TS Rookie Posts: 61

    Learning the way computer talk is the key to convince any machine to do anything.
    [​IMG]
     
  11. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,210   +424

    I've completed some courses in an area called CEH - Certified Ethical Hacking. Some of these can be pretty pricey, but they should be pretty easy to locate. Here's an example of one I found with a quick google search http://www.fastlaneus.com/course/fl-cehbc
     
  12. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    Wow Papa- big price comes with this course>>>>> Price US $ 3,795

    I'll stick with tweaking- it works for me! Tweaking is on your own system, hacking is not. So I guess it depends on just what you want to do!
     
  13. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,210   +424

    Yeah - it's fairly pricey but you can find better deals on it. Even with a good deal you'll be paying $#,### though.
     

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