Using Their Skills for Good and Evil
Hackers and the people who use them, the same people they steal and hack for, are not the same at all. The difference between these two groups is how the people in each group choose to use their abilities and tools.
In reality there are two ways hackers use their skills, one way being their own usage, and the other being as a product of someone else’s decisions. The difference between the two is how often they use their skills. These are usually classified as White Hat and Black Hat. The truth is that there are hackers out there who don’t really use their skills, because in this world where there are so many people and so much that is new, the act of going from one computer to another is unnecessary, just as much as using an IRC chat or online email to stay in touch with someone you don’t know is unnecessary.
There are the people who truly go out and use their hacking skills to harm others, for example there are some websites out there that sell malware, or software, like Adware or Cryptowall. These people do the exact same thing other people do, they learn how to manipulate people by using their skills and create a product that makes their clients more money, but is not for the people they are selling it to.
A real hacker is someone who would rather not be in the position of using his skills for evil, he goes to forums and chats, using those to get information, build tools, or trade files. They understand that they can use their skills to make money, but they are not comfortable with using them for evil. They have a code of ethics to live by.
- A business network is an example of a group of people who understand and embrace this code. They understand that there are good people and bad people, that there are right and wrong ways to do things, and they choose to use their skills to help everyone to be honest and fair, as they only want good to come out of their networks. It is the job of the people who run these networks to ensure that all users are honest and the network is fair and balanced.
- Hacking is what hackers do, when they want to steal or to manipulate information for their own benefit. They aren’t interested in information in general, their main goal is to get what they want from the information they gain. This usually includes user names and passwords, credit card numbers, and other personal information. And most of the time, they will take all this information and change it before passing it on to others.
- The people who run these networks understand that there are both good and bad people, who they do business with, but they are not interested in what those people are doing behind closed doors. They are not interested in the future of their business, as it is not their business, they only care about the present and the future of their business.
But the people who are not hackers but who are part of a business network that keeps their users safe, understand the true definition of hackers. They understand that while they cannot change hackers and those who use their skills for evil, they do everything in their power to make sure that the people they are doing business with are not hackers.
They take all the precautions, every thing possible to make sure that their users are safe. They do not allow access to their systems from anyone but those who are authorized. They install firewalls, and when they do get hacked, they report it immediately, as quickly as possible.
It is the people who are out there exploiting people for their own gain who are called the real hackers. If they cannot understand that, or if they are just looking at the people they do business with and are only interested in finding people to use their skills for evil, then they are not hackers.
An Important, But Critical Difference
No matter which side of the fence you are on, it is important to understand that there are two different kinds of hackers, one is dangerous and the other one is not. If you get caught, you will have to deal with the danger of the first type, and the noob knowledge of the second type. That is why it is so important to understand the difference between the two, because without it, you can be pretty sure that you are doing something wrong.