April 17, 2021

Beginner wanting to get into Hack the Box


So I’m still relatively new to Cyber Security and I’m pretty keen to get into CTFs and Hack the Box. I’ve got my own VMs setup and understand basic commands but I was wondering what the course of action is to get into Hack the Box.
From what I’ve been reading its best to get a decent understanding of Computer Networking. But where do I start with that? I’ve dipping my feet into all the hardware related to networking however I feel like I don’t really know that much. Are there any books with application questions that anyone would recommend. I’m in no rush to learn everything however I am keen to get into the deep end.


I guess what I’m asking for is a road map and potential books/resources that might help me.

Also at what point should I be able to sit down and go okay I can now move onto the next step of the road map.

Any advice would be much appreciated :D



Here are some hacking courses that are cheap and you can do on the side that will take you from zero to hero! The courses are in order I’d do and then I included hacking labs and their prices! Try Hack Me is a much more friendly intro lab then could move to HTB

– The Cyber Mentor – Ethical Hacking ([https://www.udemy.com/course/practical-ethical-hacking/](https://www.udemy.com/course/practical-ethical-hacking/))

– Tib3rius – Windows Privilege Escalation for OSCP & Beyond! ([https://www.udemy.com/course\windows-privilege-escalation/](https://www.udemy.com/coursewindows-privilege-escalation/))

– The Cyber Mentor – Windows Privilege Escalation for Beginners ([https://www.udemy.com/course/windows-privilege-escalation-for-beginners/](https://www.udemy.com/course/windows-privilege-escalation-for-beginners/))

– Tib3rius – Linux Privilege Escalation for OSCP & Beyond! ([https://www.udemy.com/course/linux-privilege-escalation/](https://www.udemy.com/course/linux-privilege-escalation/))

– The Cyber Mentor – Linux Privilege Escalation for Beginners ([https://www.udemy.com/course/linux-privilege-escalation-for-beginners/](https://www.udemy.com/course/linux-privilege-escalation-for-beginners/))

Then do some Hacking Labs – Here are some Options

– [HackTheBox – $20/M]([https://app.hackthebox.eu/home](https://app.hackthebox.eu/home))

– [TryHackMe – $10/M]([https://tryhackme.com/login](https://tryhackme.com/login))

– [VulnHub – $Free]([https://www.vulnhub.com/](https://www.vulnhub.com/))

– [Proving Grounds – $20/M]([https://www.offensive-security.com/labs/individual/](https://www.offensive-security.com/labs/individual/))

– [Virtual Hacking Labs – $99/M](https://www.virtualhackinglabs.com/)

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