How to Legally Practice Your New Hacking Skills

Most white haters want to immediately start using their new skills. This makes sense. This makes sense.
There are rules and laws that govern accessing or breaking into other people’s sites, applications, or networks. Here are some legal places to try white hat techniques.
First, create a Kali Linux laboratory
Your first tool in your security arsenal should be a homelab. SPOTO security trainer Keith Barker recommends a Kali Linux setup. This is the industry standard for security auditing and penetration testing. He will even help you set it up in his White Hat Hacking course.
Kali Linux has literally hundreds of pen testing tools that can be used to find vulnerabilities and intruders. These tools include tools for scanning ports and packet analysis, password cracking as well as network mapping.
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Next, you will learn the basics of Capture the Flag
You now have a lab environment. It’s clear and predictable, which is exactly the right environment for learning new tools. Security is about finding vulnerabilities in a messy environment. It is best to learn while solving real-world problems or at least simulating real-world issues. Capture the Flag (CTF), challenges are a great way to do that. They are legal, self-paced, and fun.
Hacking challenges to capture the flag
You’ll need to practice your white hat skills while you learn them. Capture the Flag competitions (CTF) are a great way for you to test your knowledge and learn new tactics. You should instead start with CTF challenges. Many people begin with PictoCTF and then move on to more challenging tasks.
There are many CTF challenge sites. Here are our top five.
Sponsor a CTF tournament at your workplace
Once you have the CTF challenges down, it’s time to bring in more people. Many companies offer Freedom Friday or “20% Time” policies, which allow employees to work on a side project. Even if your company doesn’t offer project time, it should be easy to sell hosting a CTF competition as training time.
There are many resources available to help you set up and run a successful CTF event if you don’t have any experience.
Start entering capture-the-flag competitions
Once you are ready, gather your team to compete for real. You will be competing against security professionals who are experienced in dealing with real-world vulnerabilities and situations.
You can enter a CTF contest once you are ready. It’s easy for you to find them. CTFtime has both a list of forthcoming events and a history of past competitions. You might be able to take part in the “World Series of Hacking” at DEFCON hacker convention in Las Vegas.
We have a quick explanation of CTF competitions for those who are new to it.
Finally, attack these deliberately vulnerable sites
You can practice hacking on sites that have been deliberately made vulnerable if you don’t feel ready for a CTF or are in between events.
There are many places where you can practice your new skills, both legally and ethically, out in the wild.

bWAPP (Buggy Web Application)
bWAPP is a web application that was intentionally designed to be vulnerable. It is available as an open-source, free download. It includes over 100 common vulnerabilities derived from the OWASP top security flaws.
How to start: Developed in PHP, bWAPP uses MySQL. It can be downloaded from Sou