I have been on Null Byte for a long time, a very long time and. I havent always had an account here, ive like many of you also have, been looking and decided to make a profile to contribute.
- Quick side note
This is how it used to be when I started coming here, I understand it most likely have been completely different years back for some of you, as I can clearly see some of you have been here way longer than me.
- Well this is how it was for me back then
I would log onto Null Byte and see mostly tutorials / how-to articles.
Once every 2 days id see in total 4 maybe 5 questions at the absolute max. And I respected that a lot to fellow null byters because that meant that the newbies around here have been searching for their answers elsewhere before coming to the more experienced people and ask for help, because its the easy way out.
Now its the exact opposite, literally speaking. I see a lot of very easy questions that literally 1 MAYBE 2 search queries will do on Google. And I see 4 maybe 5 maximum of well explained and detailed tutorials from more experienced people, and occasionally ill see newbies having a go at it which is completely fine to me, your here to learn.
(I know some here are way more experienced here than me, I am in no way trying to make myself look like im in any way superior than any of you. We all have our own experience and knowledge from different places)
Personally I think this should be a community where you can get help of course, especially newbies because they need it the most. However, I feel like people are misusing our kindness and welcomeness to everybody that is trying to keep this Null Byte community stable and make sure it wont turn into something it shouldnt.
People should make a tutorial whenever the individual has the time, we all have our own lives. However i have learned SO MUCH, and I mean SO MUCH from reading countless of articles. I cannot express this in any way else than saying, when I was in your shoes starting out as a hacker, I read at least 25 - 35 articles daily. Yes daily, not joking. I read so much and learned so many
- coding programs
- and so much more
that people outside the hacking community isnt even close to knowing.
When you do your own re-search you also feel very happy and confident because you know you can find what you are looking for.
Remember part of this is my personal experience, and my personal opinion, nothing else. You might disagree and you might not.
- So with this being said, I will also give you my tips on how to properly use a search engine.
Understand that anything you want to find is somewhere, it has to be. We are 7 billion people on this earth, you think you are the first person to encounter the same problem or question you have? Think again. And where do you think other people would seek answers? The internet, exactly.
So how would one find an answer to whatever you need to find?
Search engines is the simple answer. Search engines is for example Google Yahoo AOL Bing and maybe even a few more, but these are the biggest ones I can just remember from the top of my head. They contain massive databases of literally millions of search queries being searched every minute, and they are stored in a specific way in order to find every users answer in a simple and fast way. The way this is done is when you search something on lets say Google.
Your query is sent to several databases from Google and since these databases are stored in the US they will most likely only contain information within the US only.
Lets continue: Your query is processed in several databases, notice I wrote several and not thousand, because yes it could very easily be put through thousands of databases but because millions of people are also seeking answers, your query will go through the few databases whose data applies to the search query most accurately. And thats what you see on your pop-up page when you hit enter. You see a bunch of links and websites and probably also articles that may contain your answer. Have you paid attention to how quickly you find your answer to for example : How much does it cost to X?
Minutes right? Exactly, thats because millions of other people have searched the exact same and the search query goes through only a few databases that has the data that would answer your question, and is then accordingly displayed to you in the order of pages 1-25 (for example) So if you start from page one you will quickly find what you are seeking, but if you start from the last page, you will have to look for a long time.
If Google didnt help you out, remember there are other search engines that are very popular and have thousands of databases also, not to mention, Europe also has a lot of shit you would want to have an answer on, so running your search query where the company only has databases located in US is not the smartest thing to do, because they will likely not even have that information. The databases needs to be located in that continent before it will likely contain info about that continent. Simple. Imagine Google, (an american company) have to store every single piece of data worldwide! Holy shit man, think of the size of Europe, Asia, Russia, US, I mean even their servers would crash if I were to guess.
There are planty of other hacking forums like Null Byte however, Null Byte is the only community I have come across that has this much kindness. But if you dont care about getting a cocky answer back or troll answers even, then there are other forums with many users at
I personally dont use those, but I have in the past, and I have gotten an answer very quickly, but people can be rude. You have been warned.
Hope this article have helped you remember that a hacker is to use every tool he has available. And trust me, once you got these simple concepts and techniques down, you will find yourself collecting a lot of information about people you just met, because you want to check them out to make sure they arent a child porn user :) Joke, but seriously, personal experience here.