Hello friend, and welcome to the episode 1 of the complete series of Hacking for Beginners.
If you haven’t read the episode 0, then Read it here.
In the episode 0, I have discussed the most common and basic terminology used in the field of Computer Hacking.
And in this episode, I’ll guide you on how to install the Parrot Security OS on your PC.
But first of all, what is Parrot Security OS?
Parrot Security OS is a Linux-based distribution that is specially designed for penetration testing purpose, or you can just say, that it is an Operating System having lots of Hacking tools.
Parrot Security OS comes preinstalled with a large number of Hacking tools which makes it a great platform to get a headstart in Hacking world.
Also, there are many other Linux distributions which are used for penetration testing. The most commonly known of such distribution is the Kali Linux.
Now let me clear one thing, it doesn’t matter which distribution you choose because almost all of them are Linux-based.
That means you can use any Linux distribution on your PC and use it for penetration testing after installing the required tools (if the distribution you choose don’t have them preinstalled).
For example, you can use the Ubuntu OS for penetration testing.
But in this case, you first need to figure out which tool to use, from where and how to download it and how to install and configure it.
That’s why we use penetration testing distributions which comes with lots of hacking tools preinstalled so that we don’t need to hassle about installing tools and setting things up.
This is how Parrot Security OS looks like:
How to Get, Up and Running with Parrot Security OS:
The most widely used methods for installing a secondary Operating System is either virtualization or a dual boot with the existing system.
For installing Parrot Security OS in a virtualized environment use VMware. You can download the free version of VMware from here.
Download Parrot Security OS from here.
Although, you can access the Internet on the virtual OS by bridging the connection of your host machine to the virtual machine. In order to directly connect a virtual OS to a wireless connection, you need to buy an external wifi USB adapter.
The following video will guide you on how to install Parrot Security OS in VMware.
I will suggest you to dual boot Parrot Security OS with your existing Operating System, as it will offer you a better speed and provide you a good user experience.
And yeah, you don’t need to buy an external wifi adapter too.
One more thing I want to tell you is that, in Linux distributions, you can also run the Operating System directly onto your PC without having to install it. This feature is called live mode. You will get Live Mode option while installing any Linux-based OS.
In case you want to know, I dual booted Parrot Security OS with windows. You just need to create a new partition on your system and then install the Parrot Security OS on it.
I suggest you keep the size of the partition around 80 GigaBytes. It’s not necessary by Parrot Security OS itself, but instead, we will be creating virtual lab inside the Parrot Security OS on which we will be practicing our Hacking skills.
Just follow the below video to dual boot Parrot Security OS, and you will be up and running in few minutes.
I hope you have successfully installed Parrot Security OS on your system.
If you have any problem setting things up just let me know in the comment section below.
I will be happy to guide you.
In the next chapter, i.e., episode 3 of the complete series of Hacking for Beginners, we will be discussing the Linux Terminal and some of its Basic Commands. Step by Step and with examples.
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