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January 1, 2016

Cheap Laptop For Basic Ethical Hacking

January 1, 2016
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January 1, 2016
Hello everyone, I read most of the forms about buying a laptop for ethical hacking. Most of them talk about how much ram you should have and storage, but I just want something simple and cheap. I am going to start learning network+ and ethical hacking/pen testing. My price range I say would be between $300-500. I don't plan to do anything to serious until I save up to buy a better laptop or desktop. Also, I am only going to be a beginner, so I don't I am going to need a high end laptop. I know I can just use a VM on my gaming PC, but I want to be able to study and practice where ever I am at. Thank for reading. Someone recommended me this. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01EQR03NQ?psc=1 I have to save up more for it though. Hello everyone, I read most of the forms about buying a laptop for ethical hacking. Most of them talk about how much ram you should have and storage, but I just want something simple and cheap. I am going to start learning network+ and ethical hacking/pen testing. My price range I say would be between $300-500. I don't plan to do anything to serious until I save up to buy a better laptop or desktop. Also, I am only going to be a beginner, so I don't I am going to need a high end laptop. I know I can just use a VM on my gaming PC, but I want to be able to study and practice where ever I am at. Thank for reading. Someone recommended me this. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01EQR03NQ?psc=1 I have to save up more for it though. That's not a bad laptop but it's still overkill for a dedicated ethical hacking learner platform. While learning you'll likely want something that can run Kali 2.0 since it has most of the basic tools you'll want to become familiar with. That being said the minimum system requirements to run Kali is an i386 architecture processor, 512MB Ram and 10GB hard drive. Clearly the minimum requirements are not recommended but going off of those as well as budget you can certainly get a laptop within your budget. [This one](https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA3TX2MR4300) wouldn't be a bad option and is in your budget. Really if you go to Newegg and use their filters, first filter your budget then select i3 & i5 processors and select the one you like the best. I've found that the hardware in HP's typically work well with Linux drivers. Both i3's and i5's will be plenty of processing power to run the tools in Kali, as far as RAM anything 2 gig an up will be good (the more you have the faster it will be, but given the simplicity of ethical hacking tools, 2Gb will still seem pretty quick). If you do this newegg search you'll have options starting at $150 and ranging in size. The smaller it is the more mobile it will be, so keep that in mind. You'll want to either find a laptop with blutooth or buy an external Bluetooth device. You'll also want to buy a second WiFi adaptor that supports packet injection (you can find options using google). Make sure you budget for these items. If you contain the urge to buy an overpowered machine you can fit a lot of other cool tools into your education, I recommend picking up an RFID reader/writer with some blank cards and play with that technology as well. It's a very popular technology and learning to clone cards is good knowledge to have but that's a little beyond the scope of your question (Just using it as an example of some things you could fit into a $500 budget). Hope this helps! I think, as long as you don't want to crack passwords, you don't need a high end machine. I'm currently contemplating with a HP Stream. Linux is reported to be running fine on it. If mobility is your focus, you may also consider an older Nexus Device and Kali Nethunter. It has a pretty nice GUI for some tasks. Other tasks, that require a Linux GUI work but aren't much fun though (I'm running it on a 2013 Nexus 7). If you are on a budget and mobility is not the point, you could also run Kali or (Black?-)Arch on a Raspberry Pi. Linux is reported to be running fine on it. I think Kali would run well on most low end modern laptops. You could probably get by with something less than that. But is too slow for everything... **and good*for me [Laptop]()***
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