With the rapid development of IT technologies, hackers have become an integral part of this process. We keep hearing about computer security destroyers and the problems they cause from time to time. And these hackers cause much destructive problems making it difficult for other users to use the Internet safely. But have you ever heard of ethical hackers?
Who is an ethical hacker? What is his main difference from a computer hacker?
Well, they are hackers…but much more of the “good guys” than the usual destructive hackers. The ethical hackers are individuals who hack into computer network in order to asses or evaluate its security rather than with an intention for maliciousness or for a criminal act. They are also known as white hat hackers who use hacking techniques in a legitimate and lawful manner. While regular hackers also termed as ‘black hat hackers’ use the process of hacking for a destructive purpose such as for phishing purposes. This is the major difference between an ethical hacker and a computer hacker.
What does an ethical hacker do?
- An ethical hacker mainly does scanning ports by looking for vulnerabilities.
- Another main job of ethical hackers is to check patch settings and ensure that these installations cannot be misused. The hackers can participate in social engineering concepts like diving-diving or scavenging in bins for charts or passwords that can be used to engender an attack.