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Ethical Hacking: A Guide to White Hats

Updated: Jan 15

What have we covered?

  • Introduction to Ethical Hacking

  • The Types of Hackers

  • White Hats v/s Black Hats

  • What do White Hat Hackers Do?

  • The Top 5 Hackers of the World

  • How to protect yourself from Hackers?

  • Wrapping up…

Introduction to Ethical Hacking

Welcome to the world of Ethical Hacking, where you are just one tap away from losing all of your fortune! Scary, isn’t it? Imagine you are scrolling through your phone, and you received a link. You open it up and the next text you receive is that your account is empty.


Hackers are the culprits behind that. Hackers are the ones who breach networks for their personal gain. And they do it illegally of course.


Ethical Hacking: A Guide to White Hats

Ethical Hacking, as the name suggests, is hacking legally. But why would we need ethical hacking? Often times, when the evil hackers breach into a network, we need a force to work against it. That’s where Ethical Hacking takes place.


Before we dig deep into it, let’s understand the types of Hackers, top hackers and safety tips we need.


So, lets dive in!


Types of Hackers

The Types of Hackers

Yes, Hackers are of various types, and each one of them is very different from the other.


Let’s take a look at them:

  1. RED HAT HACKERS- These are vigilant hackers who work aggressively to stop black hat hackers.

  2. BLUE HAT HACKERS - These are amateur hackers without a desire to learn, looking for revenge.

  3. GREEN HAT HACKERS - These are amateur hackers with a desire to learn and hack professionally.

  4. GREY HAT HACKERS - These are hackers who illegally breach networks without malicious intent or motive.

  5. BLACK HAT HACKERS - These are criminals who illegally infiltrate systems for personal gain.

  6. WHITE HAT HACKERS- These are the heroes who are permitted to violate security for discovered vulnerabilities.

White Hats v/s Black Hats

Popularly referred as the extreme faces of the PC violations, the good and the evil or the heroes and the villains, White Hats and Black Hats.


The fun part of this whole concept is- that one can only need a White Hat when one is affected by a Black Hat.


The idea of the hat's dates back to ancient western movies where the heroes used to wear a white hat to fight against the black hats that were bad for the world’s peace.


Well, everyone wants to be hero, isn’t it? To be one, the following are the responsibilities required.


Let’s take a look:


THE JOB DESCRIPTION OF A WHITE HAT HACKER:


  • Identify Weakness

  • Recommend security improvements.

  • Gather Intelligence

  • Simulate attacks on networks, operating systems and applications.


Job Description of a White Hat Hacker

What do White Hat Hackers Do?

Regarded as the “heroes” of PC violations, the White hat hackers sure do a great job. It all comes down to morality as we speak of them. The White Hat Hackers are the legal hackers or the ethical hackers. They work as a force counter attacking the Black Hat Hackers.


White Hat Hackers violate security networks to hunt down vulnerabilities and fix them.


History speaks how several times many large networks had been violated and how our heroes have saved our virtual worlds.


Let’s know few of our heroes with white caps rather than capes. Because not all heroes wear capes.

The Top 5 Hackers of the World

Before we hop onto our next segment of the ethical hacking, let’s take a look at some of the top hackers of the world and get to know something about each one of them.

  1. Tim Berners-Lee- He is the most popular name in Hacking. He is also the organizer of the World Wide Web.

  2. Greg Hoglund- He worked for the U.S. government, and also the master of PC legal sciences master.

  3. Richard M. Stallman- He is the free programming development during the 1980s. He is also Author of the GNU project.

  4. Dan Kaminsky- He is the central researcher of White Ops.

  5. Jeff Moss- He served the U.S. Country Security Advisory Council during the Barack Obama. He is also an official at the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace.

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How much are White Hat Hackers worth?

How to protect yourself from Hackers?

So, here’s the question. When was the last time you randomly connected to a Wi-Fi network with your device? Maybe at a library or a café? Well, that’s how you get exposed to the hackers.


Here are a few tips that will help you protect yourself from hackers: -

  1. Use two-factor authentication.

  2. Practice keeping strong passwords.

  3. Try not to utilize monetary apps while being on Wi-Fi.

  4. Choose your apps precisely.

  5. Beware of links

  6. Ignore the spams.

  7. Use encryption.

Wrapping up…

Hacking is one of the largest vulnerable threats to the digital world. It has benefitted the malicious attackers who work to get easy money. But a new dawn comes with the White Hat Hackers, who work to counter the attackers.


So, as much as we enjoy the virtual world we live in, we should not forget that security should be our foremost priority. And to secure you, iBovi Strategic Cybersecurity works efficiently.


We provide just the right answers to your security questions. iBovi family believes that security is a value, and we work every day to fulfil that.


FAQs:


1. What are the Types of Hackers?

The types of Hackers are:

  • White

  • Red

  • Blue

  • Green

  • Grey

  • Black

2. What is the job description of a White Hat Hacker?

The job description of a White Hat Hacker is:

  • Identify Weakness

  • Recommend security improvements.

  • Gather Intelligence

  • Simulate attacks on networks, operating systems and applications.

3. How to protect yourself from Hackers?

To protect yourself from Hackers:

  1. Use two-factor authentication.

  2. Practice keeping strong passwords.

  3. Try not to utilize monetary apps while being on Wi-Fi.

  4. Choose your apps precisely.

  5. Beware of links

  6. Ignore the spams.

  7. Use encryption.

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