In this section of the article, we are going to discuss which is the best hacking operating system. But the thing here is, there is no perfect operating system that is best for hacking. Nowadays everyone uses Windows, Linux, Mac OS, Black Arch, Parrot Security OS, and many more for their purposes.

So, the topic for today is that we are going to discuss which is the operating system that is being used by most Cyber Security professionals, Ethical Hackers, Penetration testers, and IT professionals. And we will discuss some information about those operating systems, like how to download those operating systems and their features.

What are the operating systems that Cyber Security professionals are using, IT professionals, Ethical hackers, and Penetration testers?

The operating systems that are used are:

  1. Windows
  2. Kali Linux
  3. Parrot Security OS
  4. Black Arch and etc….

These are the most used operating systems that Cyber Security professionals are using, IT professionals and Ethical Hackers and IT professionals.

Information Regarding Operating Systems:

Windows:

The first version of Windows was released on November 20, 1985, as a graphical operating system shell for MS-DOS in response to the growing interest in graphical user interfaces (GUIs). Windows is an operating system, that is used by everyone for daily usage. And I think you are seeing the article from the Windows operating system Or any one of those operating systems mentioned above. Windows has a lot of features and it is a widely used operating system for daily usage and it is easy to use. And it has a great graphical user interface experience and it comes with many laptops pre-installed in it. Windows is the world’s most popular desktop operating system, with 75% market share as of now, according to Stat Counter.

Most people also do hacking using the Windows operating system by using WSL and by installing the application required. In my case, I installed Kali Linux in WSL. Likewise, most people also do these things if they are comfortable with the command line work. Otherwise, they go for installing the operating system Virtually which I will try to cover in this article.

Full form of WSL: Windows Subsystem for Linux

Example of WSL

windows wsl

In the bottom left side you can see:

This is a minimal installation of Kali Linux.

And I hope you had got some information regarding windows and how you can do hacking into your windows operating system.

And for more information about hacking through windows, you can visit an article that is already present on our website. The Link to the article is https://bepractical.tech/hacking-with-windows-install-kali-linux/

Now we move on to the next topic which is Kali Linux:


Kali Linux

Kali Linux is the most widely used operating system when it comes to hacking and penetration testing. It is a Debian-based Linux-based operating system developed for penetration testing and digital forensics. It is financed and maintained by Offensive Security Ltd. This operating system is the most widely used operating system for hackers. It includes all the tools that are required for doing all the hacking and gathering information and doing an attack against a system. And it can be also used as an operating system for daily usage also.

How to install Kali Linux into your system:

  1. The thing here is we can install Kali Linux in our system by using a virtual box or VM Ware
  2. Or Install the Kali Linux directly into our system, or have dual operating systems.

I will give a quick recap about how to install Kali Linux in any virtual box or VM Ware.

  1. Go to https://www.kali.org/
  2. Now go to the downloads section and select virtual box or VM Ware, and install the particular file according to the architecture of your system.
  3. Now if you download through the virtual box, double-click on the downloaded file after completing the download, and then it will show you the steps to proceed and go through it. Finally, Kali Linux will be installed in your system.
  4. When it comes to VM Ware, a zip file will download and unzip the downloaded file then go to VM Ware, and then click on open virtual machines and go to the zipped folder finally, the Kali Linux is opened and you are ready to go.

Kali Linux looks like this:

Kali Linux home page

Kali Linux is one of the most used operating systems by a lot of Cyber Security professionals, IT professionals, Ethical hackers, and penetration testers.

Now we are moving on to the Parrot security OS.

Parrot Security OS:

Parrot Security provides a vast arsenal of tools, utilities, and libraries that IT and security professionals can use to test and assess the security of their assets in a reliable, compliant, and reproducible way. Parrot is based on top of Debian and it is the most advanced and recognized universal operating system that can run anywhere even with low specifications PC. It provides a beautiful graphical interface like Kali Linux and it also has some tools that are in Kali Linux and it is so reliable and easy to use.

Parrot OS is having different versions for different players, roles,s and for your need.

  1. Home edition
  2. Security edition
  3. Cloud edition
  4. Architect edition.
  5. Raspberry Pi Images too.

Parrot Security OS looks like this:

Parrot Security OS

Black Arch Linux:

Black Arch Linux is an Arch Linux-based penetration testing distribution for penetration testers and security researchers. The repository contains 2812 tools. You can install tools individually or in groups. Black Arch is compatible with existing Arch installs. It provides a large amount of Cyber Security tools. It is an open-source distro. Black Arch is similar in usage to both Parrot OS and Kali Linux when fully installed, a major difference being Black Arch is based on Arch Linux instead of Debian.

Black Arch Linux

Conclusion:

Lastly, I would like to add some points to this article. They are, there is no operating system that is best and perfect. The operating system is a platform to work on things and the work you should need to do.

As, If I don’t need any graphical user interface and if I don’t have sufficient RAM in my system and I am comfortable with the command line, then I can go to windows WSL, or otherwise, you had good specifications and enough RAM and you like graphical user interface then you might install the operating system,

It all depends on all that matters what we have and what we need, the most used operating system, Kali Linux, and even though it had most of the tools pre-installed but it will require some tools to be installed manually.

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