I started learning programming a while ago, I have already done a few things related to programming, and I want to choose one or two things to do, like I could focus on AI programming, procedural generation, or hacking, which is what bring me here. So I decided to try everything first!
First question: If I want to find exploits in programs and webs, or take information from any system, is that called hacking or cracking?
Second question: I have two computers which I can use for this right now;
1.- Laptop, Windows 8.2, 4Gb of ram, 1.8Gh of processor, 500Gb HDD, I also have external disks and can buy more. Problem: I can not install another OS, and this is a big problem
2.- Laptop, shitty ram of about 512 Mb, shitty processor, i686 non pae processor, more than enough HDD space and again, external HDDs, BUT I can install whatever OS.
Bear in mind that I just want to cheat in non online videogames, for learning, then maybe online videogames and my objective is to read my friend's emails, maybe a few more things but I don't think I need a great NASA computer for this.
Which is preferable?
I don't think you can hack a lot with windows, and I could install a low spec OS in the shitty potatocomputer
Third question: After chosing PC, what software is needed? I know I need protection. So, AntiVirus, AntiTrojan, what else? Tor browser? xd