Some unemployment facts:
- In the three months to February 2017 there were 33.4 million people in the UK labour force and 1.56 million people were classed as unemployed, which maybe explains why The Jeremy Kyle Show has such a ready supply of people willing to air their dirty linen live on air most mornings of the week.
- The highest unemployment rate recorded since 1971 was 11.9% in 1984 and the lowest was 3.4% in late 1973/early 1974.
- We’ll stop boring you with depressing unemployment stats because what you need is a solution to your own current jobless situation.
Have you ever considered becoming an ethical hacker?
You’ll get to spend the majority of your time hacking into computer systems without facing the prospect of going to prison.
If sitting at a laptop all day and pretending that you’re in the film Wargames sounds like it could be a laugh, here’s what you need to do to become successful:
1. Know the difference between black hat and white hat hacking
It basically works like this:
White Hat = Nice geeks that hack into computers / websites to test them for system vulnerabilities.
Black Hat = Naughty geeks that like to hack into computers / websites for criminal reasons.
Bobble Hat = Geeks that like to hack into computers / websites in the middle of winter which of course is a complete lie – there’s no such thing as a bobble hat hacker as far as we know!
2. Search for ethical hacker job opportunities
Some of the key industries that use ethical hackers regularly as part of their operations are:
- Governments (to fight the North Koreans!)
- Banks and financial institutions (to fight the Russians!)
- The Military (to fight the North Koreans and the Russians!)
- Private Corporations (to fight the Inland Revenue!)
3. Decide if you would rather work with software or hardware
Whilst having knowledge of both software and hardware will be a plus, it’s best if you try to avoid specialising in both areas as you’ll need to gain an in-depth knowledge of your chosen area of expertise. Please note, both software and hardware can be extremely dangerous if thrown at somebody’s head!
4. Learn a programming language
Python, Java, C – all of these languages can be learned via online courses and books. You’ll need them to be able to read and write code.
5. Learn the UNIX operating system
This is widely regarded as the original operating system that was built by hackers and a good knowledge of windows and Mac OS will also be handy. Please note that Windows and Mac are both popular operating systems and not something a peeping tom writes in the part of a self-assessment tax return that asks you to note down the main tools of your trade.
6. Get some professional training
It would serve you well to undertake a professional ethical hacking or internet security course to help you further expand your knowledge.
7. Experiment with software / hardware
Your aim will be to try to run through different hacking scenarios to try to ascertain what a system’s vulnerabilities are so that you can prevent a computer from being hacked in the future. One thing you can try is to not using the word ‘Password’ as your password, for example.
8. Keep up to date with technical developments
Ongoing and rapid changes in technology mean that you’ll need to be prepared to keep up with the latest technological developments in hacking so that you’re well prepared for thwarting the bad guys.
9. Stay connected
It’s a good idea to stay in touch with the ethical hacker community via online forums etc. so that you maintain ready access to shared technical information and ideas.