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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect to start exploring the world of Pentesting and Ethical Hacking, 15 Feb 2012
This review is from: The Basics of Hacking and Penetration Testing: Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing Made Easy (Syngress Basics Series) (Paperback)
This book is a perfect book to get you started in the world of (Ethical)hacking and Pentesting.
It covers the following four step:

-Reconnisance
-Scanning
-Exploitation
-Maintaining access

Each chapter is explained to a good extend providing tools and examples to get started.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good starters guide., 18 Mar 2013
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This book is absolutely fantastic for beginners. The first parts you read the author gives you a little introduction as to what hacking is and the ethics of hacking and sums up 'White Hats' and 'Black Hats' quite nicely. Surprisingly this book isn't too technical and is VERY easy to follow and understand.

There is a lot of times during the book that the author says 'But this is out of the scope of the book'. Don't knock that though, this is a beginners guide after all. Will you be an expert after reading this book? Hell no! But will you know some of the basics? YES! I personally think that this book will give you a 'feel' for pentesting, making you decide whether you would like to take it further. It is highly advised that you research some of the stuff that is mentioned in this book. Plus, practising how to research efficiently will help you out in your career as a Ethical Hacker.

After reading this book I have now gone on to read more advanced books, and will be studying for the OSCP cert this summer. This book is a must have for anybody wanting to know the basics of hacking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for introdution to the subject, 3 Mar 2013
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The content is like a 101 course for the subject.. consider it as light reading and then go to something deeper on the subject of PenTest
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!, 31 Jan 2013
This review is from: The Basics of Hacking and Penetration Testing: Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing Made Easy (Syngress Basics Series) (Paperback)
Really good book that tells you all you need to know to get started in hacking and penetration testing. It is a really great subject and really interesting to learn about how it all works and links in together. Its a good book to help you see the bigger picture.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good book, 12 Oct 2012
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good beginners book, covers all the basics. it is slightly out of date after the release of backtrack 5, but is informative and a good starting point.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!, 6 Feb 2012
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The book arrived on time and perfect conditions, the author is very clear when explaining things and gives a clearly idea of the big picture of penetration testing, great book for beginners
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars uni needs for ethical hacking, 19 Oct 2012
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This is an essential read if you want to know the basics of ethical hacking. It guides you from the very start and makes It very easy to read. I have bought this book to help me get through 3rd year in university and so far so good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Basics of Hacking and Penetration Testing: Ethical Hacking, 9 Dec 2013
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Great fun introduction to a very serious subject. Readers should be aware that this is very much a "toe in the water" taster, if you will excuse the mixed metaphors. I think that a good deal of previous and further reading should be undertaken before diving in too deeply.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a nice book, 18 Sep 2013
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a good book wit good explanations. Easy to red.
It's good for self study. A good basic knowledge of tcp is nessesary to understand it real.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good basic framework, 30 Aug 2013
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I've been playing around with the tools described in this book for years, but now that I'm getting serious about going further in security, Patrick's book has given me a good methodology to do so.

Probably too basic for those with any professional experience in pentesting, those new to the field will find it a good adjunct to their study guides adn generally a good way to get organized.
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