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Hacking For Dummies - Sixth Edition

By : Kevin Beaver
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Hacking For Dummies - Sixth Edition

By: Kevin Beaver

Overview of this book

In order to outsmart a hacker, you need to get into the hacker’s mindset. And with this book, thinking like a bad guy has never been easier. In Hacking For Dummies, expert author Kevin Beaver shares his knowledge on penetration testing, vulnerability assessments, security best practices, and every aspect of ethical hacking that is essential in order to stop a hacker in their tracks. Whether you’re worried about your laptop, smartphone, or desktop computer being compromised, this book helps you learn how to recognize the vulnerabilities in your systems and protect them from attacks. You’ll learn the security testing techniques that are based on the information security best practices. You’ll learn how to establish a comprehensive testing plan and plug the holes in your system. The later chapters will teach you how to manage an ongoing security testing program. By the end of the book, you’ll have the knowledge to successfully implement a security assessment program, perform proper security checks, and put the proper countermeasures in place to keep external hackers and malicious users in check.
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Chapter 5

Information Gathering


check Gleaning information about your organization from the Internet

check Using Web resources

check Seeking information that you (and others) can benefit from

One of the most important aspects in determining how your organization is at risk is finding out what information about your business and your systems is publicly available. Gathering this information is such an important part of your overall methodology that I think the subject deserves a dedicated chapter.

In this chapter, I outline some free, easy ways to see what the world sees about you and your organization. You may be tempted to bypass this exercise in favor of the cooler, sexier technical security flaws, but don’t fall into the trap. Gathering this type of information is critical and is often where many security breaches begin.