Many people use different OSs for their home uses or for their office uses but as a hacker, we should think differently from others. So, some developers made some OS that are mainly Linux based OS with minimum GUI which comes with many pre-installed applications that are the primary need for both pro and beginner in the ethical hacking field.
Selecting a good OS becomes performing hacking as easy as eating meet with beer. You have to agree with it that Windows users are not real hackers and they couldn’t become a hacker. They are only victims of hacker’s attack. So I will like to suggest some OS for beginners in the EH field. But all of them are Linux based OS and therefore you will probably face some difficulties of using them at the beginning.
The top five Operating Systems that we are gonna discuss below are the best OSs among several OSs. Many websites tell that top 18 OS, top 12 OS, but all of them are not good for EH. These OSs discussing below are the best OS ever.
1. Kali Linux
Tails OS comes with several pre-configured and built-in applications with security in mind. For example, web browser, instant messaging client, email client, office suite, image and sound editor etc. Tails OS relies on the Tor anonymity network to protect the user’s online privacy. In this OS all software is configured in such a way that all connects to the internet through the Tor.
If any application tries to connect the internet directly then it will be blocked by the security layer. To use Tails it doesn’t matter what OS is installed on the computer. So it can be used on any computer at anywhere and after shutting down tails the computer will restart with the OS installed in it. Tails is configured in a way not to use the hard disk of the computer. Tails use only the RAM for temporary storage. After shutting down the computer it will automatically erase. That is why the developers of Tails calls it “amnesic” because it doesn’t leave any trace. But the documents can be saved to external hard drives.
This OS gets regular updates and also it is fully sandboxed and everything is fully under the control of the user. Parrot is also a free Linux distribution and the developers let the users change it’s source codes whenever they want. This OS doesn’t require any special hardware requirement and it runs very fast. As this OS is a lightweight OS it can be run on a old hardware and with very less limited resources.
The OS calls itself the world’s most advanced penetration testing distro. If it says like that then it is confirmed that the developers are from the U.S. Cyborg is free of cost but to join the developers, instructors, trainers team and their community the user has to pay some amount of money on the monthly basis. This OS can be used as a live OS and it also fully compatible with the virtual machine. It also supports various wireless devices. Its menu is arranged in a way that all the tools are in the right place.
This OS is based on ubuntu platform with the latest kernel for the cybersecurity professionals but it can also be used by other people. But the developers recommend not to use by those people who are not familiar with Linux tools as this OS contains some major tools for high-level penetration testing and cybersecurity. But there is a disadvantage that Cyborg doesn’t have the maximum tools available for free of cost. Many tools require a license and hence they can’t be modified as the user’s requirement.
Also, it has its own repositories with a constant update. it has various ethical hacking tools that are very stable and latest. BackBox is the first ethical hacking platform which provides the users’ cloud service for penetration testing. The fee for joining BackBox is completely free and all extra tools are free of cost.
This OS provides a good environment for organizing a practical workshop for ethical hackers. BackBox provides a hackers friendly environment as it gives permission to the user to make any change or modification to the source codes according to the requirement of the user and also a user can add an extra tool that is not in the repositories.
The software packaging and configuration follows the Debian standard guidelines. BackBox offers all the official documentation to the newcomers to set up the OS according to them. If we take a look at its main menu then it’ll be noticed that everything is in the right place. all tools are arranged in an order with accuracy so that the user doesn’t face any difficulty to choose the tools.
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