1. Kali Linux
Kali Linux is the most used Ethical Hacking distro available, it is provided with hundreds of pentesting tools for use straight out the box. You can download Kali Linux on bare metal, cloud services and ISO all from there site, they also have a great community forums for getting support!
NMAP is a Command Line Tool for auditing networks, you can use an IP Address, Website or URL and scan for Open Ports, and use a variety or modules to audit sites and launch sophisticated attacks on certain devices. It’s the first step for any Pentester.
Download NMAP On Ubuntu
apt install nmap
The Metasploit Project is a computer security project that provides information about security vulnerabilities and aids in penetration testing and IDS signature development. Many Pentester will use this after they have used NMAP, from NMAP you can then search for vulnerabilities in a certain service or device. You can download it from here.
Wireshark is a network traffic analytics tool, it can be used to analyse the traffic and data packets from your current network. Wireshark lets the user put network interface controllers into promiscuous mode (if supported by the network interface controller), so they can see all the traffic visible on that interface including unicast traffic not sent to that network interface controller's MAC address. You can download it here.
Lynis is a different kind of tool, I added it as it can provide advance vulnerability information about the host machine but you would have to install on the machine itself. Lynis will help you resolve any vulnerability’s on your device with ease and also provides a link online which has advance troubleshooting. You can download Lynis from there repository’s from there website :: https://cisofy.com/lynis/
VyperVPN is one of the fastest and most secure Windows & Linux VPN’s I’ve used, it uses WireGuard for state of the art encryption of your traffic and also has its own Zero Logging DNS servers with the ability to change them in settings. They guarantee Zero Logging on all there servers and have been audited you can find the report here, they have apps for windows, IPhone, Android and Provide OpenVPN Details for Linux. The Auto Connect On Boot feature for Windows will auto connect to the nearest server when you boot into windows so your IP is never exposed. You can download it here.
All these (expect for VyperVPN & Lynis) is preinstalled on Kali Linux which we talk about at the top, If your just looking to get into Ethical Hacking and have a play around with all theses tools I would recommend downloading it on a Virtual Machine, if your on windows you could download VMWare Workstation Player here and then download the Kali Linux ISO and get started from there.
Anything that happens on there wouldn’t affect your main machine as everything is isolated. So have fun and happy ethical hacking!
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