When you turn on the news you will hear about hackers and the cyber attacks that they cause. You will hear how you have to protect yourself and your information from them because they can be really dangerous. And that is true. If you do leave yourself insecure when you go online you can be someone who becomes a victim of a cyber attack. There is no doubt about it. But the news usually does not tell you everything when it comes to hackers and the world that they live in.
First of all you probably do not know that there are both good guy and bad guy hackers. They are called white hat and black hat hackers. There is even a group out there that is known as grey hat hackers. They are the ones who float on the line between wrong and right and sometimes they will tend to go over the line on one side or the other. Another thing that you do not know is that there are different types of specialties when it comes to hackers. Some of the hackers out there might work on the network related parts of the computer. That means they only try to hack the parts of the computer that let data flow inside and outside of it. It is usually a very complicated system and it is enough to take one person a lifetime to master. That is why they have to spend a lot of time on it if they want to learn how to manipulate it. Then there are the hackers who like to work on the guts of the computer. These are the people who like to get to what is known as getting to the hardware. They will take a look at the kernel level of an operating system to see how it is able to talk to the CPU. From there, they are able to take software and manipulate what it does. This is also called Reverse Engineering Then you even have the hardware hackers out there who go a level below the people we previously mentioned. They will take a look at the kernel level of the operating system but they also want to know what is going on with the hardware as well. They want to know how it works and they will buy special machine that will help them figure it out.
Yes there are all types of hackers out there and you should not be quick to paint them all under the same brush. Some of the hackers out on the internet will help you fight against the bad guys. They are your first line of defense when it comes to try and stop people from hacking into your computer. They are the ones who make your antivirus systems and they are the ones who go out on the internet and try to find where the bad guys hang out at. It is a risky job because if the bad guys find out who they are then that means they can really have their life disrupted.
But for all of these groups of people, there is one underlying motivation that gets them out of bed in the morning to perform these tasks. And that is the quest to see and learn how these machines work. If you are to know one thing then you should know that hackers are really just curious people who want to know how everything works.
So as you can see there are many different types of hackers that you have to deal with. Some will be willing to help you and others are willing to try and harm you. You have to learn how to tell the difference to help you in the battle against the bad guys.