What is Footprinting and How Does It Work in Ethical Hacking

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The most basic element to successfully hack a system or a network, or a profile is to concentrate on the basics of hacking. The first and foremost step in ethical hacking is footprinting and reconnaissance. Footprinting is the technique/method used to collect as much data as possible to infiltrate/exploit the system and networks successfully. An Ethical Hacker needs to understand the importance of footprinting and how meticulously it should be done. Footprinting is the process of gathering information using which hackers can make cyberattacks on the victim’s system, network, or application, based on collected data and found vulnerabilities. This information plays an important role got the hackers.

Many youngsters are interested in cybersecurity aspects with the increase and widespread of cybersecurity concepts and career opportunities. Ethical hacking is one of the major topics that gained a lot of attention and interest. There has been a rise in data breaches, ransomware, compromised data by various means, etc. To catch a hacker, it is important to think like one. Ethical hackers are skilled professionals/ security experts who hack the networks/systems of an organization based on an agreement with the organization to identify vulnerabilities and loopholes that a hacker can exploit.

In ethical hacking, companies and industries need professionals. As it is the first phase of hacking, it is necessary to develop a proper understanding of the entire process. Organized footprinting of a target allows the attacker to get a blueprint of the target’s security posture. Footprinting enables hackers to gain the basic security configurations of a target machine through network routers and data flow. When the attacker finds the vulnerabilities that the subject focuses on a specific area of the target machine, it enables the hacker to identify which attack is more useful to hack the target system.

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