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Becoming a Hacker – Intangible Skills

How to become a hacker has created a buzz among IT security students and professionals, people have selected ehacking.net (via email, comment, Tweets etc.) as their mentor and we will surely help you out till time. In the previous episode of this series, we have discussed the objective of this guide, education and skills that required and the method to become the master; and in this episode we will take a look into philosophical & Psychological side of a Penetration tester.

You might be thinking that hacking process has nothing to do with philosophy & psychology but believe me it has; apart from the technical skills,the success of any hacking attack is also depends on the psyche of the attacker. 


Intangible Skills


“Focus” is the key to get success in every aspect of life, be focused on what you want to achieve. Let's consider an example, you want to find a vulnerability in Facebook; you tried your level best, you were trying to achieve the objective but you failed. The word failure shows your weakness, so please hide it or destroy it; you can't fail until you keep trying.

“You only fail when you accept your defeat” The foremost skill to become a penetration tester is never ever give-up and be focused in achieving your objective. If you will be able to develop this skill then take my word, “nobody can stop you to become a hacker/IT security expert”. Let's get back to the example; finding a vulnerability in Facebook takes time, patience, persistence, attention and believe me it is possible. Keep try until and unless you will get success, the same suggestion for this guide too; don't show impatience, read and implement. Are you developing the skills discussed in the first episode ? Have the mentor been selected yet ? Are you trying to become (focus) a hacker ? We have discussed many important points so far that could lead you to get the success, if you can understand these points.

Attitude, Values, Culture


Winning, success and achieving the objective are all the attitude of a hacker mindset; the value is to care and learn. Learning is very essential, you need to learn new skills, latest technology and everything, make reading your habit.

Limited resources and unlimited wants; in hacking culture you have to believe that everything is possible, you yes you, the master of your own. Increase your capacity of learning, develop problem solving skills; start with basic mathematics, move to algorithm, functions and so on. Remember resources are limited but your wants are unlimited you need to fulfill your wants either by limiting your needs (not recommending) or increasing your capacity (highly recommended).

Don't ever indulge yourself in the repetitive tasks which you will soon find boring, your attitude should show that you are creative; because you have the creativity to understand the working and process of everything and yes you can make amendment to enhance or destruct the system (this is your attitude).

Freedom & Competency


You need freedom, you want freedom and you love freedom; act this and demonstrate this. You are competent and you need to prove it; select your benchmark, work and achieve higher than this, judge and rate yourself. Make yourself prepared for the real competition, you should not afraid of competition; you are creative, you are competent (this is your value, and you have to prove). Develop and sharpen your core competency, your core competency is the one you do best and nobody can beat you. Make this world to believe in you by showing your competency, and you will become the mentor of many.

Conclusion


Lets close another chapter, I need your feedback; also I need to know how are you performing, are you getting the right direction ? Share your words.

Incorporate the aforementioned skills in your daily life, if you just read and forget then you will achieve nothing; as discussed be focused, learn and implement. In the next article we will discuss the technical skills that required to become a hacker/information security professional.

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