Most of the people asked me about which operating system is best for  hacking and pentesting activities like hacking wireless network passwords, network sniffers,reverse engineering tools, application hacking tools and other encrypting and spoofing hacking tools. So, I just writing this article to choose which one operating system is the hackers favorite operating system.

Hackers Favorite Operating System

Every hacker have their own choices but a penetration tester, I have my own choice. My favorite operating system is Kali Linux and Windows 7 not because they are easier to use but because i love their vast functionality and features. But you can also give a try to Backtrack, Matriux Operating System and knoppix , Matriux OS is just awesome.

What makes it hackers favorite operating system?

Kali Linux have pre-installed most advanced security penetration tools. The current Linux kernel is patched so that special driver installation is unnecessary for attacks. For example, an Atheros-based wireless networking adapter will no enter monitor mode or inject packets without the MadWiFi driver patch. With Kali Linux, you don’t need to worry about that. It’s just plug-and-play ready-to-go.

It is the first Open Source Android penetration testing platform for Nexus devices, created as a joint effort between the Kali community member “BinkyBear” and Offensive Security. It supports Wireless 802.11 frame injection, one-click MANA Evil Access Point setups, HID keyboard (Teensy like attacks), as well as Bad USB MITM attacks.

What’s great is that this Linux distribution comes Live-on-CD. So, no installation is needed. However, what you experience Kali Linux, you will realize that it is a must to download this operating system and install it on your Laptop. At the very least, download the VMWare Virtual Appliance for Kali Linux. Make sure you also install the VMWare Tools for Linux as well.

Kali Linux includes many well known security tools that make it different from the other penetration testing operating systems.

  • Nmap
  • Aircrack-ng
  • Kismet
  • Wireshark
  • Metasploit Framework
  • Burp suite
  • John the Ripper
  • Social Engineering Toolkit
  • Maltego
  • Ettercap

Kali Linux is the hackers favorite operating system till now. We may find out the more advanced operating system in the coming future that may defeat Kali Linux but now, there’s not another operating system that have taken over it.

Note: Use Virtual Machine and scan on VirusTotal before downloading any program on Host Machine for your privacy.