Have you ever watched a good hacking movie and felt like you just wanted to stand up and do all that cool stuff? Well, bad news, you just can’t stand up and do all that cool stuff. However, you can get started on the learning process. hacking is a complicated field and requires a huge set of skills which require a lot of time gain and master. So how does one get started?

The good news is, you don’t need to go and get a college degree, the better news is that you’re gonna have to work your ass off for this one. Disclaimer; this is not a how to become a hacker tomorrow guideline or how to access my boyfriend’s texts kind of shit. This is a guide to those who want to get started on a long journey of learning.


First things first, you’ll need a computer. Any computer will do. Then, you need an operating system. Any OS will do but I highly suggest installing Kali Linux which comes with a lot of hacking tool pre-installed. You can get the Kali image from here.

Learning (calm your tits!)

One of the biggest mistakes that people make is to get over excited and start opening up hacking tools without any idea what they are f$$cking doing. My advice, don’t even touch that shit for now.

You need to amass knowledge, a lot of it. Hacking involves taking advantage of loopholes in computer networks and you can’t manipulate what you don’t understand. You need to learn the computer networking basics. You need to learn about popular protocols, which devices they are used on and what are their weak points. You know to what services are accessed through what ports and what data carries what kind of priorities.

In simple terms, I might have understated it when I said basic computer networking. You need to learn all that shit.

now learning this is not easy and it takes a lot of time. You need to make a schedule for yourself and be strict on it. One more very important thing is you need to put what you learn into practice. As you’ll find out, in the tech world, the books say one thing and then it all goes to hell in the field. Errors that defy the laws of physics and common sense start to happen. Make sure you are conversant with almost all of it.

It is also useful if you teach yourself some root level programming. It might come in handy when you get to the real hacking.


Once you understand the network, you’re now ready. It is time to start trying to manipulate those loopholes. It is at this point now that you start training yourself on how to use the pen testing tools on Kali. Create network systems and then try to break into them. Just don’t go vandalising other people’s property, illegal hacking carries some very strict sentences and no one is going to bail your ass. I don’t want to be the reason you get a new boyfriend in your cell 😉

The hacking process just like the learning process is time-consuming and requires a lot of dedication. Study your targets and make sure to note all weaknesses and learn how to come up with your own exploits.


  • There is a lot of materials about hacking online so don’t struggle a lot.
  • Make Google your best friend and stay curious 24/7
  • Try to do this with a group, it becomes easier when it’s a combined effort
  • Try to find some more experienced guys in the field, it shortens the time required with a considerable amount
  • Don’t do anything stupid.


Disclaimer: Decode takes no responsibilities of what you do as a result of the information provided above.

About The Author

My name is Patrick. I am a Network Eng | junior dev | techie | writer. I am an aspiring author with my first two books on the way. I am also a community wireless networks enthusiast actively involved in deploying one in Kibera, Nairobi.

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