Hackers tend to have a bad reputation because most people don’t realize the fact that not all hackers are out to just break into your computer and steal your info. So, this article will list a few different reasons you should appreciate hackers.
There are three types of hackers. Black Hat, White Hat, and Gray Hat.
Hackers that fall within the black hat category are the type of hackers the media seems to focus on. Black Hats violate computer security for personal gain.
A gray-hat hacker falls somewhere between a black hat and a white hat. A gray hat doesn’t work for their own personal gain or to cause carnage, but they may technically commit crimes and do arguably unethical things.
White Hat hackers are the complete opposite of black hats. White hats or ethical hackers find a security vulnerability and disclose it to the developer, allowing them to patch their product and improve its security before it’s compromised.
- Hacking is what made your computer the way it is today.
Many of the Homebrew Computer Club members would have been considered hackers in modern terms in that they pulled things apart and put them back together in new and interesting ways. Although there were no secure sites for these early computer hobbyists to hack, many in the group were also phone phreakers, who cracked the telephone network by using whistles and blue boxes to make free calls whenever they pleased.
- Hackers Are Some Of The Best Coders
Many people who identify themselves as hackers are also amazing programmers. This trend of the hacker as the innovator has continued with the open-source software movement. Much of this open-source code is produced, tested and improved by hackers – usually during collaborative computer programming events, which are affectionately referred to as “hackathons.”
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