Real-World Ethical Hacking: Hands-on Cybersecurity
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Real-World Ethical Hacking: Hands-on Cybersecurity

Protect yourself, gain the hottest new job skills, and learn the tricks the bad guys use - with Kali Linux & Metasploit!
4.6 (120 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
795 students enrolled
Created by Bryson Payne
Last updated 8/2017
Current price: $10 Original price: $50 Discount: 80% off
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
  • 8 hours on-demand video
  • 4 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Secure your computer, your network, and your data from 99% of all attacks on the Internet.
  • Test for security vulnerabilities using the tricks the bad guys use.
  • Find and fix weaknesses and harden your computer's security.
  • Avoid phishing, viruses, ransomware, and online scams.
  • Keep yourself safe online, at home, at school, or at work.
View Curriculum
  • You should feel comfortable installing new software.
  • Some experience entering commands in the Linux, Mac, or Windows command-line terminal is helpful.
  • A PC, Mac, or Linux computer with up to 100 GB of free disk space to set up your FREE virtual lab.
  • No programming experience required.

★★★★★ Brand new, hands-on Ethical Hacking and Cybersecurity course! ★★★★★

Learn Ethical Hacking, one of the fastest-growing and highest-paying careers, with over 1 Million cybersecurity job openings available this year! Learn practical, useful cybersecurity step-by-step from Computer Science Professor Dr. Bryson Payne, a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and author of the Amazon #1 New Release and Top 10 Best Seller in Children's Programming Books, Teach Your Kids to Code (2015, No Starch Press). Dr. Payne is also the Director of the Center for Cyber Operations Education at the University of North Georgia and directs the National Cyber Warrior Academy summer program.

Give Yourself a Huge Advantage in a High-Tech World

  • Quickly master new hands-on skills in Linux, Windows and Android hacking and cybersecurity.
  • Set up your own safe, FREE virtual network and VM (virtual machine) lab for Ethical Hacking on your PC, Mac, and Linux.
  • Protect yourself from viruses, phishing, ransomware, and other attacks by learning how the bad guys work, and how to stop them.
  • Includes Mobile Hacking on your own Android VM, plus Car Hacking using can-utils and ICSim on Kali Linux.
  • Great for beginners, or for capable computer users who want to learn both how and why to secure their data.
  • Learn to fix vulnerabilities, and how to stop 85% of attacks by doing just four things

This is the security course everyone should take

Packed with real-world, practical examples, real hacking techniques, and easy-to-follow plain English instruction, Real-World Ethical Hacking is the course for the new generation of cyber heroes, as they build one of the top job skills of the 21st century! With over 1,000,000 cybersecurity jobposted in the U.S. this year alone, and over 6 Million openings expected worldwide over the next few years, now is the time to skill up in cyber! 

I designed this course to be easily understood by beginners, with examples I use in my college information security courses and in high-school cyber summer camps. Whether you're retooling for a career change, adding skills to your resume for a raise, or just getting started, Real-World Ethical Hacking is the course for you!

Quick, 4- to 10-minute lessons will get you performing real ethical hacking exercises in minutes. Over 75 video lectures and more than 8 hours of content will give you the practice you need to develop powerful new skills in cybersecurity and penetration testing! Protect your identity, your computer, your information, and your life - avoid social engineering, phishing, online attacks, ransomware and more! Plus, practical skills like:

  • Retrieve files from an old computer (Mac or PC, laptop or desktop), even if you've forgotten the password
  • Set up a virtual "sandbox" to safely open suspicious files without exposing your "real" computer
  • Learn command-line short-cuts and power tools that make you look like a computer wizard!
  • Understand how viruses and backdoors infect your computer AND phone, and how to stop them!

Everything you need to get started right away

Complete with all FREE online resources (VirtualBox, Kali Linux, and FREE, LEGAL copies of Windows 10 and Android virtual machines), combined with high-definition videos - you'll be able to work alongside a professor with almost 20 years' teaching experience at the University level. You'll also receive a Certificate of Completion upon finishing the course.

No Risk: Preview videos from Sections 1, 2, and 4 now for FREE, and enjoy a 30-day money-back guarantee when you enroll - zero risk, unlimited payoff! And, we've made this course easy to afford so anyone can get started now!

Sign up for this course and get started securing yourself, your family, and your business today!

***** Bonus section on Car Hacking shows how to perform a Replay Attack on your car's Controller Area Network (CAN) using a $20 cable and Kali Linux running CANsniffer and CANplayer*****

Praise for Dr. Payne's courses on Udemy:

★★★★★ "Inspired" - ...An inspiring course taught by an inspired teacher. The examples are well-chosen -- demonstrating principles through engaging, colorful projects rather than by teaching abstract principles first... — Kent Osband, Udemy student

★★★★★ Clear examples... Bryson's delivery is well paced and good fun. — Sean Jon Darcy, Udemy student

★★★★★ “Dr. Bryson Payne is a computer scientist and professor of the highest caliber... he brings the power of computers within easy reach for learners young and old."—Dr. Antonio Sanz Montemayor, Informatics Professor, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to protect their information, their family, their business, or their country from online attacks.
  • If you want to learn useful, real-world ethical hacking skills, this is the course for you.
  • This is NOT a certification course, but most skills will transfer to CEH, OSCP, and other hands-on certifications.
  • Perfect for beginners, or for competent computer users who want to learn how and why to protect themselves online.
Curriculum For This Course
76 Lectures
Real-World Ethical Hacking 1: Hacking Windows!
10 Lectures 52:59

Real-World Ethical Hacking is based on lessons taught in the National Cyber Warrior Academy, but this video course is not endorsed or sponsored by the University or by the NSA. All opinions expressed are the author's alone, and even ethical hacking carries some risk. Please use the tools and techniques in this course responsibly and ONLY on computers you own or have express, written permission to test.

Preview 01:05

Our first hands-on, real-world ethical hacking exercise: Hacking Windows, resetting a password and creating new admin users, using a boot disk.

Preview 02:15

The attack vector for this hack will be the Windows "Sticky Keys" app SETHC.EXE, triggered any time you press the SHIFT key 5 times in Windows.

Preview 02:38

Where to get a legal copy of Windows 10 Enterprise, and how to burn your own Windows 10 install/boot disc.

Preview 04:01

Just two reboots, two special keys, and four commands to PWN any Windows PC. 

Preview 07:13

Second reboot, second key combo, and final two commands to add an admin/root/super user to any Windows box from Windows XP to Windows 10.1!

Preview 04:36

Stage 3: Gaining Access! Log in as root/super/admin user and recover your files!

Preview 06:55

Lessons Learned:

  • Physical access is total access
  • Never leave your laptop/desktop unattended
  • Ethical Hacking is practical and useful!

To protect against this hack: 

  1. Change your BIOS settings to require a password to change the boot order or boot device
  2. Encrypt your files to make them unreadable without your ORIGINAL password
Preview 04:16

BONUS: Mac Root Hack!
Create Your Own Virtual Hacking Lab!
6 Lectures 33:57
Important Linux and Windows Terminal Commands
8 Lectures 42:51
Intro to Command-Line Linux and Windows

Basic Linux Commands

Command-Line Linux File Magic!

Advanced Linux Commands

Basic Command-Line Commands for Windows

Windows File Commands

Advanced Windows Command-Line Commands

Command-Line Review for Linux and Windows
Create a Virtual Network for Ethical Hacking!
4 Lectures 25:17
Virtual Networking in VirtualBox

Creating and Using a Public NAT Network in VBox
Social Engineering: Capturing Usernames and Passwords via Phishing
9 Lectures 01:09:21
Intro to Social Engineering

The Social Engineer's Toolkit in Kali Linux

Cloning Facebook and Harvesting User Passwords

Intro to Spear-Phishing

Advanced IP Address Masking: Hiding Your Real URL

Crafting the Perfect Spear-Phishing Email

Capturing the User's Login and Password in Kali

Review: Social Engineering Techniques

Stopping Phishing at Work and at Home
BONUS Section: Car Hacking in Kali Linux!
9 Lectures 01:10:31

Installing the CAN-utils on Kali

Using git to Install ICSim Instrument Cluster Simulator

Running the ICSimulator

Capturing CAN Traffic with CanSniffer

The Replay Attack: Replaying CAN Packets with CANplayer

Car Hacking Review

BONUS: Hacking the Car Hacking Software, to 1000 mph!

Car Hacking LIVE on Dr. Payne's VW Jetta: Facebook Live Video from NCWA 2017
Hacking Windows 7 with Metasploit!
8 Lectures 42:57
Intro to Metasploit

Setting up Guest Additions in VirtualBox

Creating an Exploit Payload with Metasploit

Sharing the Exploit over the Web

Running the Exploit to Hack Windows 7

Intro to Meterpreter: Your Remote Attack Shell!

Privilege Escalation: Gaining Root Access and Dumping Password Hashes

Metasploit & Meterpreter Review
Hacking Windows 10 with Metasploit and Meterpreter in Kali Linux
3 Lectures 17:50
Hacking Windows 10 with Metasploit

Viewing and Downloading Files from a Victim Computer in Meterpreter

Grabbing Screenshots, Logging Keystrokes, and Shutting Down Windows 10 Remotely
Password Problems - Everybody's Got 'Em: Hacking, Cracking, Snacking & Hijacking
6 Lectures 45:41
Six Problems with Passwords

Hijacking Stored Passwords from Chrome and Firefox

Sniffing the Network: Installing Wireshark

Sniffing Unencrypted Passwords with Wireshark

Cracking Passwords with Kali and Online Tools

Seven Things You Can Do for Safer Passwords
Web Hacking - Testing and Securing Web Applications
5 Lectures 28:17
Intro to Web Hacking

Hands-on Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) Attacks That Work!

SQL (Structured Query Language) Injection: Messing with Databases

Advanced SQLi Attacks

Securing Web Applications from XSS, SQLi and More
2 More Sections
About the Instructor
Bryson Payne
4.6 Average rating
915 Reviews
17,615 Students
4 Courses
Best-Selling Author & Professor w/students in 151 countries

Dr. Bryson Payne is the author of the Amazon #1 New Release and Top 10 Best Selling children's programming book, Teach Your Kids to Code: A parent-friendly guide to Python programming, (2015 - translated into five languages) and Learn Java the Easy Way (2017), both from No Starch Press. He is a tenured full Professor of Computer Science at the University of North Georgia, and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), among other certifications. Dr. Payne is also a MOOC (massive, open, online course) instructor with over 22,000 students to his credit, from more than 150 countries, including over 17,500 on Udemy. Dr. Payne has multiple best-selling courses on Udemy, and both Real-World Ethical Hacking and Learn Java the Easy Way have been rated in the top 10% of all Udemy courses!

Dr. Payne has taught computer science since 1998, served as the University's first Department Head of Computer Science, and is the founding Director of the Center for Cyber Operations Education at UNG. He earned his Ph.D. in computer science from Georgia State University and has published articles in scholarly and industry journals, in addition to speaking regularly at regional and international conferences in computer science, cybersecurity and IT leadership. He has been featured in CIO magazine, Campus Technology, and the Wall Street Journal.

Dr. Payne has been programming computers for over 30 years; he sold his first paid program to RUN Magazine (Commodore 64) for their “Magic" column in 1985, for $10. In addition to his affinity for technology, Dr. Payne speaks Spanish and French, and is conversational in Russian and Mandarin Chinese.