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Best Hacker Cybersecurity Books in 2021 (For Beginners)

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One effective way of proactive cybersecurity learning is by resourcing to cybersecurity books. So we have a compilation below of the best hacking books that beginners can read.

Best Cybersecurity Books for Beginners 

Hacking: A Beginners’ Guide to Computer Hacking, Basic Security, And Penetration Testing

Author: John Slavio

Perhaps if you want to start a career in ethical hacking, this book is handy for you. More so, this is designed for beginners in the field. So you can expect a simple interface for quick learning.

For example, the Hacking book covers the following:


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  • History of hacking
  • Types of hackers
  • Different types of hacking attacks
  • Essential hacking tools & software
  • How to hide IP addresses

In addition, this book also teaches about specialized fields in hacking. For instance, mobile hacking, email address hacking, spoofing attacks, and penetration testing.

Hacking: The Art Of Exploitation

Author: Jon Erickson

The Art of Exploitation comes in two editions. The first edition was published in 2003, for instance. And the latest and second version came five years after, in 2008.

So there are some differences between these book editions. For instance, the first edition focuses on computer and network security. In comparison, the second and latest version discusses more advanced hack tips. 

For example, it teaches about C programming from a hacker’s perspective. So by reading this, you will know how to program computers via C and shell scripts.

Moreover, The Art of Exploitation teaches the following:

  • Hijacking TCP connections
  • Cracking encrypted wireless traffic
  • Speeding up brute-force attacks

Metasploit: The Penetration Tester’s Guide

Authors: David Kennedy, Jim O’Gorman, Devon Kearns, and Mati Aharoni

The book’s name derives from the Metasploit framework of hackers. More so, it is an essential hacker tool in discovering vulnerabilities. 

But, this topic can be a bit challenging for newbies. Yet, the book will introduce you to Metasploit.

The Metasploit book also teaches the following inside, for example:

  • Framework interfaces
  • Module system
  • Advanced penetration testing techniques
  • Targeted social engineering attacks
  • Integrating NeXpose, Nmap, and Nessus

 Penetration Testing: A Hands-On Introduction to Hacking 

Author: Georgia Weidman

This book by Georgia focuses most on penetration testing. Penetration testing is the practice of discovering security weaknesses or vulnerabilities in networks, systems, and applications. So the book aims to teach beginners all about this.

Moreover, the book centers the core topics into the skills and techniques for a penetration tester. For example, in practicing the following:

  • Actual assessment
  • Gathering information
  • Uncovering vulnerabilities or weak links
  • How to gain access to networks

Since penetration testing is a skill that imitates hackers, you will also read more about:

  • How to crack passwords
  • How to bypass antivirus software
  • Automating attacks
  • Using the Metasploit framework in launching attacks

The Hacker Playbook 3: Practical Guide To Penetration Testing

Author: Peter Kim

This book is part of The Hacker Playbook Series. This edition also introduces new strategies, attacks, tips, and threats. Besides, this also highlights some techniques from the former two versions of the book.

So here are some points you will learn in The Hacker Playbook 3:

  • Offensive hacking skills
  • Attack paths of hackers
  • Real-world attacks and exploitation

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