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Hacking For Dummies, 5th Edition

Hacking For Dummies, 5th Edition

Kevin Beaver

ISBN: 978-1-119-15468-6

Dec 2015

408 pages

Description

Learn to hack your own system to protect against malicious attacks from outside

Is hacking something left up to the bad guys? Certainly not! Hacking For Dummies, 5th Edition is a fully updated resource that guides you in hacking your system to better protect your network against malicious attacks. This revised text helps you recognize any vulnerabilities that are lurking in your system, allowing you to fix them before someone else finds them. Penetration testing, vulnerability assessments, security best practices, and other aspects of ethical hacking are covered in this book, including Windows 10 hacks, Linux hacks, web application hacks, database hacks, VoIP hacks, and mobile computing hacks. Additionally, you have access to free testing tools and an appendix detailing valuable tools and resources.

Ethical hacking entails thinking like the bad guys to identify any vulnerabilities that they might find in your system—and fixing them before they do. Also called penetration testing, ethical hacking is essential to keeping your system, and all of its data, secure. Understanding how to perform effective ethical hacking can improve the safety of your network.

  • Defend your system—and all of the data it holds—against the latest Windows 10 and Linux hacks
  • Develop an effective ethical hacking plan that keeps your system safe
  • Protect your web applications, databases, laptops, and smartphones by going beyond simple hacking strategies
  • Leverage the latest testing tools and techniques when using ethical hacking to keep your system secure

Hacking For Dummies, 5th Edition is a fully updated resource that guides you in hacking your own system to protect it—and it will become your go-to reference when ethical hacking is on your to-do list.

Foreword XV

Introduction 1

Part I: Building the Foundation for Security Testing 7

Chapter 1: Introduction to Ethical Hacking 9

Chapter 2: Cracking the Hacker Mindset 25

Chapter 3: Developing Your Ethical Hacking Plan 37

Chapter 4: Hacking Methodology 49

Part II: Putting Security Testing in Motion 59

Chapter 5: Information Gathering 61

Chapter 6: Social Engineering 67

Chapter 7: Physical Security 83

Chapter 8: Passwords 93

Part III: Hacking Network Hosts 121

Chapter 9: Network Infrastructure Systems 123

Chapter 10: Wireless Networks 159

Chapter 11: Mobile Devices 187

Part IV: Hacking Operating Systems 201

Chapter 12: Windows 203

Chapter 13: Linux 231

Part V: Hacking Applications 253

Chapter 14: Communication and Messaging Systems 255

Chapter 15: Web Applications and Mobile Apps 279

Chapter 16: Databases and Storage Systems 305

Part VI: Security Testing Aftermath 317

Chapter 17: Reporting Your Results 319

Chapter 18: Plugging Security Holes 325

Chapter 19: Managing Security Processes 331

Part VII: The Part of Tens 339

Chapter 20: Ten Tips for Getting Security Buy-In 341

Chapter 21: Ten Reasons Hacking Is the Only Effective Way to Test 347

Chapter 22: Ten Deadly Mistakes 351

Appendix: Tools and Resources 355

Index 373

"For those looking for a high-level theoretical approach to network defense, look elsewhere. This is an in the trenches guide you can use to ensure that your organization's systems and network are secure." (Ben Rothke, April 2016)