Hacking Tools You Can’t Live Without

By Kevin Beaver

Part of Hacking For Dummies Cheat Sheet

As an information security professional, your toolkit is the most critical item you can possess against hacking — other than hands-on experience and common sense. Your hacking tools should consist of the following (and make sure you’re never on the job without them):

  • Password cracking software, such as ophcrack and Proactive Password Auditor

  • Network scanning software, such as Nmap and NetScanTools Pro

  • Network vulnerability scanning software, such as LanGuard and Nexpose

  • Network analyzer software, such as Cain & Abel and CommView

  • Wireless network analyzer and software, such as Aircrack-ng and CommView for WiFi

  • File search software, such as FileLocator Pro

  • Web application vulnerability scanning software, such as Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner and AppSpider

  • Database security scanning software, such as SQLPing3

  • Exploit software, such as Metasploit