Due to the *ahem* sensitive nature of our field of work, I recommend you use a virtual machine and not your personal native OS for doing anything you’re not familiar with. Virtual machines are perfect for practicing hacking:
You can do whatever you want inside a VM and just hit reset and you’re back to a working OS
You can blow it up however you want, see what happens when you delete important stuff and do unspeakable things to it with zero risk of damaging your actual system .
It’s cross-platform . Are you on Windows? Mac? Linux? Doesn’t matter. You can run all of these inside each other.
It’s free . Officially free , that is, no need to pirate or download from shady sources. (At least for Windows and Linux)
In the following few tutorials, we’ll need to use Windows. So here we’re going to see how to setup a Windows Virtual Machine. Eventually we’ll move on to using for more advanced hacking.
Now, let’s get to it.
For creating a virtual machine we need two things: the virtualization software and the OS image file.
The Virtualization Software: I recommend VirtualBox. It’s free and cross platform.
The OS Image : You can find a bunch of Windows OS image
Now find your .ova file and click Next .
Click Import .
And now your virtual machine is setup, you should see something like this:
Just a couple more things and then we can fire it up. Go to
Settings , then the Display tab and increase the video memory to 128 MB . This will allow you to use the virtual machine in full screen and make it a bit more responsive.
Click Snapshot in the upper right corner and then the
camera button to create a snapshot. (Ideally, you should do this before starting the virtual machine for the first time)
And that’s it. Hit Start and our virtual machine is ready to handle all the abuse we’re about to throw at it. If When something goes wrong, simply restore the snapshot and it’ll work again.
We have a long and very interesting road ahead of us. But for now, we’re going to start off with something small and powerful. Say hello to .