At present, the computers have become a need to run any business, study or for other applications. You need to be connected to the outside world through the internet to run your business properly and to get one step ahead of your competitors if you are a businessman. Being connected to the internet, your computer is exposed to the outside world. This increases the chances of fraud, privacy invasion, stealing your personal or corporate data by the hacker. To keep your data safe from these hackers while your computer is being connected to the internet, there various tools that help you to put a safety wall around your computer, so the hackers won’t be able to get access to that data. These tools are known as hacking tools.
From here, a question arises “What is Hacking?”
Hacking is the process of invading into someone’s computer without their permission and getting access to the data stored in that computer. Hackers are the persons who does these kind of tasks by finding the weakness in the login algorithm and gain access to the computer or network. Hackers are generally highly skilled programmers having knowledge of computer security.
Hacking tools are developed by the coders to solve complex tasks easily. There are numerous hacking tools like Vulnerability Exploitation Tools, Vulnerability Scanner, Web Proxies, Firewalls, Forensics, Password crackers etc. But today, we have prepared a list of some best hacking tools that are highly recommended and used by geeks, hackers and security engineers.
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List of Top 10 Best Hacking Tools 2017
1. Nmap (Network Mapper)
Nmap is basically a security scanner which is written by Gordon Lyon. As the name suggests, Nmap is used to map networks. Apart from this, it is also used to scan ports, network discovery and security auditing. Nmap is used by some system admins all around the world to keep an eye on host uptime, network inventory, checking open ports and managing upgrade schedules of the services. Nmap was first written for the Linux, but later on, it was ported to Windows, Solaris, HP-UX, BSD Variants, Amiga OS and IRIX.
2. Cain And Abel
Cain and Abel (also known as cain) is a highly used tool for password recovery for Microsoft Windows, but it can also be used off-grid. It is a very famous tool which is suggested in many tutorial videos of hacking. Cain is used to recover many type of passwords using the methods of network packet sniffing. It is also used to crack various password hashes by using methods of brute force, cryptanalysis attack and dictionary attack.
Maltego is a proprietary software which works within a digital forensic sphere. It provides a platform to deliver total cyber threat picture to the local environment in which the organization works. Maltego permits to create custom entities which allows it to represent every entity superior to the basic entity which is already a part of software. Maltego can locate, aggregate and visualize the data.
4. OWASP Zed
The ZAP (Zed Attack Proxy) is one of the most popular projects of OWASP. This is a Web Vulnerability Scanner which is very efficient to find vulnerabilities in web applications and also is easy to use. OWASP Zed is an awesome tool to work within Cyber Security. It contains some automated as well as manual scanner to discover security vulnerabilities. You can manipulate the traffic (including http) which passed through it while it is being used as proxy server.
5. John The Ripper
John The Ripper is the password cracking tool which is available free of cost. First, it was only developed for UNIX but now it is available for fifteen different operating systems. It is the most popular program to test and break passwords commonly through dictionary attack. It contains a number of password crackers together which is termed as ‘wordlist’. This tool can also perform the function to alter the dictionary attack.
Wireshark is a free packet analyzing or crafting tool which is used to discover the vulnerability and find out the firewall rule-sets. It is used by the security professionals to analyze, capture and scan the protocols. It was originally named as Ethereal, but then the name was changed due to some trademark issues. It also has a command-line version known as Tshark. It can work on Linux and Windows, also is easy to use a re-build.
oclHashcat is the advanced version of password cracking tools known as Hashcat. Hashcat is a CPU-based password cracking tool while oclHashcat is GPU based. oclHashcat is known as the fastest password cracking tool having GPU-based engine which is not in any other password hacking tool. To use oclHashcat, NVIDIA users must have ForceWare 346.59, and AMD users should have Catalyst 15.7.
Aircrack consists of the detector, packet sniffer, WEP, WPA/WPA2 cracker and analysis tool for 802.11 wireless LANs.It is a wireless hacking tool which can sniff 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11c traffic. It was released on RC4 cipher by Adi Shamir in 2017 which was made by a team of Darmstadt University of Technology in Germany.
9. Metasploit Penetration Testing Software
It is a vulnerability exploration tool which is very popular for penetration tesiting or hacking frameworks. It contains anti-forensic and evasion tools and some of them are put into the Metasploit framework. It contains various hacking tools and frameworks which are used to execute various tasks.
It is an Web Vulnerability Scanner which scans your website and finds the defects that can be dangerous to your website. This hacking tools scans a website and finds out the Cross-site Scripting, SQL injection an other vulnerabilities that are intended to harm your website.This is very fast and easy hacking tool and can scan more than 1200 vulnerabilities in WordPress.
Conclusion: So, this was the list of some awesome hacking tools 2017 which are used by the cyber-security experts and even by the backer. Most of these hacking tools are easily available on the internet and are free of cost. We hope that this topic will help you to protect your data from the unauthorized access by the users and will also help you to remove the vulnerabilities from your network. GOT ANY QUERY? Write it in the comment section below.