What are the best software for ethical hacking?

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    #1Metasploit Framework

    Metasploit Framework

    Metasploit Framework is a tool developed by Rapid7 as part of the bigger Metasploit Project. The software is an exploit tool used in cybersecurity to detect vulnerabilities by brute force.




    Betty Hou
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I am not a hacker but my friend is, he doesn't do the bad kind, he does the hacking and lets businesses know when they have an opening. He says the Metasploit Framework works pretty well, its not the top of the line but good for some beginners. I had him try and get into my works network, and he found it to be solid with this program"
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    #2Netsparker Web Application Security Scanner

    Netsparker Web Application Security Scanner

    Netsparker Web Application Security scanner is a software that accurately detects a web application's security threats and other vulnerabilities through penetration testing. The software is available as a desktop application and as an online service.


    Web, Windows

    Free trial available

    Evelyn Butler
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "I have used a lot of security scanner softwares and this one is not the best. I just don't like how clunky it can be. It's very slow. The online service is nice, though. That is one feature that other software companies have failed to integrate. Personally, I'd spend the money elsewhere."
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    #3Nessus Vulnerability Scanner

    Nessus Vulnerability Scanner

    Nessus Vulnerability Scanner is a software developed by Tenable Network Security. It was considered to be the world's most popular vulnerability scanner in 2009. The latest update, Nessus 7.0, was released on December 12, 2017.


    Other Platform

    Varies by plan

    Samuel Howard
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Interesting software. It is a vulnerability scanner. At my work I tested our network vulnerability with this software and the results were good. Be warned though, it is on the pricey side and there are other cheaper options out there."
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    Nmap, also known as Network Mapping, is an open source software developed by Gordon Lyon. The software is used for network discovery, as it uses packets to discover hosts and services to map the network.


    Windows, Mac, Linux


    Arthur Reyes
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I got Nmap back when I first got interested into computers when I was a young teen, and I've loved to use it ever since. A great, elegant little program that does exactly what it's supposed to with no frills and can really teach you a lot about how networks work, whatever your purposes are."
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    #5Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner

    Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner

    Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner is a software for website security. It crawls websites and uses ethical hacking techniques to find vulnerabilities that may threaten the integrity of the website and its data.


    Web, Windows


    Sharon Thompson
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "We had mixed experiences, we initially deployed version 10 and had issues with it crashing and throwing exceptions, then version 10.5 appeared to fix those issues and created some stability. However, we have found that other vendors are a bit stronger at mapping web applications and spidering more efficiently than Acunetix."
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    Wireshark is an open source software for penetration testing. Originally called Ethereal, this software captures data packets and scans protocols to discover a network's vulnerabilities. 


    Windows, Mac


    Edward Larson
    Written on May 23, 2018
    "I feel like a true hacker with this. Download it and become one of us! "
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    #7Cain and Abel

    Cain and Abel

    Cain and Abel is a Windows-based software used for password recovery. This free software uses methods such as network packet snigging and cracking password hashes through brute force and rainbow table attacks.




    Raymond Olson
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "This software was very useful years ago when it was supported. I wouldn't use this however as there are better modern versions that are still supported by the devs, unlike Cain and Able. "
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    Maltego is a software developed by Paterva. Often used in digital forensics, it is a data mining tool that visually depicts the relationships between different elements such as websites, domains, and IP addresses.


    Windows, Mac, Linux


    Lawrence Banks
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Ethical hacking is a fun subject and something I have been interesting in for a number of years now. This software is a great tool to have and use to gain more knowledge. There are many tools you need in your possession and I would add this one to the list. "


Best What are the best software for ethical hacking
1Metasploit FrameworkSoftware 17 Free
2Netsparker Web Application Security ScannerSoftware 13 Paid
3Nessus Vulnerability ScannerSoftware 12 Paid
4NmapSoftware 9 Free
5Acunetix Web Vulnerability ScannerSoftware 7 Free
6WiresharkSoftware 6 Free
7Cain and AbelSoftware 4 Free
8MaltegoSoftware 1 Free

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