What is foot-printing in ethical hacking?

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In ethical hacking training footprinting is the first and a vital module.

Footprinting (also known as reconnaissance) is the technique used for gathering information about computer systems and the entities they belong to. To get this information, an ethical hacker might use various tools and technologies. This information is very useful to an ethical hacker who is trying to crack a whole system. Footprinting is basically the first step where hacker gathers as much information as possible to find ways to intrude into a target system or at least decide what type of attacks will be more suitable for the target. This is also a very important step for ethical hacker; he can find possible attacks, vulnerabilities and patch that.

During this phase, a hacker can collect the following information −

  • Domain name
  • IP Addresses
  • Namespaces
  • Employee information
  • Phone numbers
  • E-mails
  • Job Information

Some techniques, tools, commands are use for footprinting.

1.Command: Ping <target ip address> / <target name>

PING (Packet INternet Groper) command is the best way to test connectivity between two nodes. Whether it is Local Area Network (LAN) or Wide Area Network (WAN).  Ping use ICMP (Internet Control Message Protocol) to communicate to other devices. You can ping host name of ip address.

2.Who is lookup

You can search any ip or any domain name. You can simply enter the domain name whose information you’d like to view into the search field on the WHOIS main page. You can retrieve key data about a domain in this way, including availability, ownership, creation, and expiration details.

By using whois lookup, you can get phone number, email address, servers of your target websites etc.

  1. Webinformer. com
    In webinformer.com you can get all the details of target websites. Its email, DNS, phone numbers, related emails, states etc. This is the best technique for footprinting of any website. You can get the ip address of you target. For an ethical hacker these informations are very useful.

    1. who read me

    You can track your mail by that track report option.

    who readme gives notification whether the target read your email or not and the actual time when read.

  2. Email Trackor ProGo to the show original option. Copy the header from it then paste it in the emailtrackerpro.


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