Psychology of Security Tester – by @Santhoshst
Security Testing Tips: Psychology of Security Tester
Disclaimer: This is my experience and I am just being talkative here. I am not responsible for anything that may get wrong after following this blindly. I would like to see you people being responsible for yourself, especially in Hacking industry or craft. Apply these or reject all these things based on your thinking / context.
If you are hard core fan of god, maybe that’s a bad idea!
If you have been a fan of god and you keep believing in all good things according to the society [Especially in India] or if you are biased very much with good, it is hard to become a great hacker. I worship evil and I am not a great follower of God. This helps me not
to stop myself from thinking anything evil to become good at hacking. Stay Evil, Stay Hacker!
I don’t like spying on my girlfriend or friend? Go and spy!
I have done that for my ex-girlfriend and I never felt bad for it or I feel bad now. If I connect the dots backwards, I can see that that helped me in my hacking skills. I just look at the optimistic part. I never spied to affect her life, I wanted to help myself personally, that was the only reason and I like to hack if my heart says it.
Over-thinking and intellectual are two different things
Over thinking may affect you for things where you need not bother. However, you can think deeply wherever you feel it is necessary (Example: By-passing a firewall or brute-forcing login form which has CAPTCHA). So, when people say; stop over thinking, think that whether it helps you or not. Just do not be influenced by people around you. Listen to your heart, it knows what to do in the given context.
Thinking like a criminal while not committing one
I think about murders, I think about crimes and what not? Why? To make myself better at thinking about hacking in terms of software security or physical infrastructure. If I look at a girl, not necessarily I need to be considered as pervert or if I speak politely with a girl, not necessarily I need to be flirt. Likewise, if you think crime; not necessarily you need to commit one. So, start thinking like a criminal while you practice self-control on not committing the same.
Don’t fall for traps set by other people who say “Hacking is BAD”
I was speaking to some person in one of the organization where I was working, he was scared about my hacking skills. And that is why he wanted to de-motivate me and he said, “Hackers are bad, why do they do it? You look like a good guy, I hope you don’t do that?” And my response was, “Oh yeah, I do it and I love it so much”. (Grins).
So, stop believing what others say. You know what to do!
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