How to Become a Hacker – 3 Step Guide

Most of us have a strong desire to become a hacker, but really don’t know where to start. If you are in a similar situation, this article will surely help you out. On a regular basis, I get a lot of emails from people loaded with questions like “How to Become a Hacker”, “What is the Best Way to Learn”, “Where to Start” and so on. Instead of answering every such question, I decided to come up with a detailed article on the topic so that it can help all those hacker enthusiasts who have similar kind of questions in their mind.

What Skills do I Need to Become a Hacker?

In simple words, there is no magic to becoming a Hacker. But, like anything else that is worthwhile, it takes dedication and willingness to learn. It is most important to have a basic knowledge of the topics such as operating system basics and its working, computer networks, network security and programming.

What is the Best Way to Become a Hacker?

As said earlier, the best way to turn yourself into a hacker is to start from the basics. You will have to master the basics to build a strong foundation. And once this is done, you’ll be in a position to explore new ideas and start thinking like a hacker. You can follow the below mentioned steps to start off your career as a hacker.

1: Explore the Basics

Before you start off, spend time doing some online research to find out more information about the topic such as “What Hacking Really Means”, “Who is a Hacker”, “Different Types of Hackers”, “Ethical Hacker’s Responsibility” and so on. This will help you lay the groundwork for your future steps and actions.

2: Find a Good Source to Start Off

This is the hardest of all as it is quite tricky to find the right source to start off from the basics. Although there exists tons of books and other sources that will teach you how to hack, they all require readers to have a set of pre-established skills and knowledge to understand the concepts presented in them. Also, most of them are not suitable for the beginners who are new to the field.

So, I decided to put together all my 10+ years of experience in the field and come up with a book that demands no prior knowledge of the topic and is easy for the readers to follow and understand at every point. The book is called Hacking Secrets Exposed (HSE) which I recommend for all those enthusiasts who have a dream to start off their journey to becoming a hacker. This is an excellent source of knowledge for all those who have a little or no prior background of the subject.

Hacking Secrets Exposed

This book will take you from the core to the top. It will tell you how to hack in simple steps. Everything is presented here in a simple and effective manner that makes it simple for newbie hackers who would like to learn everything right from the beginning.

The following skills are uncovered in this book:

You will learn all the hacker underground tricks and learn to apply them in real world situations.

  1. You will be put into a hacker mindset so that you will learn to think like a Hacker.

  2. By learning how a hacker thinks and acts, you will be able to protect yourself from future hack attacks.

  3. You will acquire knowledge nonexistent to 99% of the people in the world!

  4. The book may even get you interested in pursuing a career as an ethical hacker.

  5. This is of great value for all those who have a dream of becoming a hacker.

So, if you are really serious about your dream of transforming yourself into a hacker, “HSE” is for you!

3: Learn Programming

As an elite hacker, programming is something that you can’t neglect. Even though it is still possible for one to be a hacker without knowing even a bit of programming, it is always better to have some basic understanding of programming languages like C, HTML, PHP, JavsScript and so on. If you are not sure about programming, you can even decide about it later after you finish pursuing your ethical hacker’s course.

How Long does it Take to Become a Hacker?

In fact, this question is hard to answer since it is not something that can be mastered overnight. It requires knowledge, skills, creativity, dedication and of course the time. Everyone can become a hacker provided they learn it from the basics and build a solid foundation. So, if you want to be a hacker all you need is passion to learn, a good source of knowledge that will guide you through various concepts right from the basics and some perseverance.


  1. RAVI
    January 24, 2009 at 2:12 PM


  2. valspar
    January 29, 2009 at 4:32 AM

    Sri – I just ordered HSE eBook….looking forward to all the information.

  3. Wilson
    February 12, 2009 at 9:14 AM

    I purchased the book. It’s wonderful.I learnt a lot from it as a beginner.

  4. Satisfied
    February 19, 2009 at 7:40 PM

    It’s a very good source of knowledge. Taught me how to hack right from the basics. Thanks for recommending it.

  5. arun.r
    February 21, 2009 at 1:30 AM

    Nice book, a perfect handbook for hackers. thanks…

  6. impressed
    March 14, 2009 at 5:06 PM

    This book is a great start for the beginner hackers. I just love it!! :)

  7. Om Bhutada
    April 3, 2009 at 6:17 PM

    hi your website is very useful and technical related stuff…..
    plz Send Me daily………..New thinks!!!!!

  8. apam
    April 8, 2009 at 7:39 AM

    to become a hacker must we know about programming??

  9. Lincoln
    April 12, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    hey is this book good to start learning how to hack?

    • Srikanth
      April 12, 2009 at 7:53 PM

      @ Lincoln

      Yes, This one is good for beginners. In fact it is designed only for the beginners :)

  10. Samrat
    April 18, 2009 at 3:10 PM

    if possible please teach me a little .. just starting.. as u said to join ur post … how to join that? will u teach me a little?

  11. Samrat
    April 18, 2009 at 3:08 PM

    Hi bro,
    I really do not have any knowledge about any programming language…but i want to learn how to hack. do u think it is possible for me? i will pay once i am confident that i will be able to become a hacker…
    please do reply bro.

    • Srikanth
      April 18, 2009 at 3:54 PM

      @ all

      The book that I mentioned is a great start for the beginners who have a dream to start their careen as an ethical hacker. This will give you a strong base to build your knowledge.

  12. Nain
    April 19, 2009 at 8:10 AM

    This book is awesome… I learnt a lot from it. For anyone who is starting a career as a hacker, this one is highly recommended… :)

  13. Riyaz
    April 20, 2009 at 4:49 PM

    @ Nain

    You are right.. this book is really gud.. :)

  14. Mark
    April 21, 2009 at 9:33 AM

    I bought this book and it is so informative and fascinating that I recommended it to all of my friends..