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Learn How to Hack

So you want to be a hacker? Take our online course.
By Ira Winkler
September 1, 1998

Lesson One: Know your PC
One of the most common questions that I receive from Spy Files readers is, "How can I do what you do?"

Some people want to know how to get a job as a "Security Professional." Others want to learn to steal billions of dollars and take over banks. Some people just want to break into computers.

As far as breaking into computers goes-- as I have said before-- I can train a monkey to break into a computer in a few hours. It's easy to learn, and unfortunately there are hundreds of places on the Internet where loser and criminal wannabes can go and teach themselves. You are not going to learn that here.

The traditional definition of "hacking" is this: learning about computers and how they work. That is what I plan to teach. This is not something that is quickly taught. It isn't expensive, but it does cost you time and effort.

Fundamental knowledge

Over the next several weeks, my columns will tell you how to learn about computers, with some focus on security-related issues.
Hacking is about learning, not breaking into computers.
What allows me to be "good" at my job as a security professional is my basic understanding of computer fundamentals. As a matter of fact, it not only allows me to be a security professional, it allows me to be good in any area related to computers that I want to work in.

To put it simply, these columns are going to teach you marketable skills.

While some of the columns may involve some technical skills, they can be picked up by anyone who wants to learn them. Remember, a good "hacker" relies upon their tenacity to keep trying until they are successful. Also remember that hacking is about learning, and not about breaking into computers.

Now, onto the first lesson.

· How to Hack: Lesson One

also on
· Hacker Semantics
· Three Golden Security Rules

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