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  • How do you break into a private network? All it takes is a free dinner David Spark asked conference attendees at RSA 2016 how to access their network.
  • Join professional organizations. Professional organizations like SHRM offer both networking opportunities and education. Some organizations also have job listings available to members. Some companies prefer to promote from within. Those who are already employed and want to get into human resources should consider their own company first.

The corporate security group wants you to set the network up such that the five work groups are on different network segments. Use subnetting to break the /24 network into smaller networks. List the networks, the netmasks, and tell how many IP addresses are “wasted” in your design.

You probably hear a lot about networking — most likely someone nagging you to do more of it. However, we don’t often get a clear definition of what it is or a concise explanation of why it's beneficial for our careers.

The simple fact is, if you want your career to go places and you want to ensure that you hear about every possible opportunity, then you need to network. Some have even called networking the essential professional skill.

So, what is networking and why is it so important?

What is professional networking?

Networking becomes a little clearer if we give it a different name: professional relationship building. It’s all about getting out there (both on and offline), meeting people who work in your profession or your industry, and building a relationship with them.

The goal of networking is to create a professional network. That means a group of professional contacts you know well enough to call in a favour from and for whom you wouldn’t object doing a favour. It’s as simple as that.

Since the launch of professional social networks like LinkedIn, networking has become a whole lot easier. The ease with which these sites allow you to connect with others can be deceiving, though.

A purely online connection isn’t likely to be especially strong. Whenever you can, look for face-to-face networking opportunities. By all means, connect online after meeting people, but you’ll develop stronger bonds with people you’ve met in person.

Five reasons networking is crucial — whatever your career stage

#1. You might find a mentor

Network in the right places and the chances are that you’ll meet a lot of experienced professionals and experts in your sector. If you’re at the beginning of your career, getting tips and insights from those who’ve been there and done it all before can be priceless.

If you have a great chat with someone at, for example, an event don’t be afraid to ask to exchange contact details or to connect on LinkedIn and to ask if you can follow up with them later.

#2. You may hear about opportunities that aren’t public yet

Many jobs (perhaps even most jobs) aren’t advertised. So, if you want to be in with a chance of getting that sought after internal promotion, or moving to a more interesting or challenging role with a new company, you’ll need to network to find out about them.

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The fact is that people recommend people they know and that they like. So, even if you’re not networking directly with a group directly responsible for hiring, there’s still a good chance that someone in your network will have the opportunity to make a recommendation.

#3. Considering moving? You may know an insider who can give you information

Perhaps you’ve seen a job advertised that looks perfect for you, but you don’t know much about the company. Or you’ve heard there may be an opportunity opening up, but you’ve also heard that the company culture might not be all that great.

You could just hope for the best, or you could reach out to your network to see if anyone can give you an insider’s view. A quick cup of coffee with someone who knows what life is really like at the company you’re considering can be invaluable.

#4. You’ll learn more about your industry, its future, and its challenges

While you shouldn’t limit your networking to a single industry, the chances are that most of the people you meet with will work in the same sector as you. This means it can be a great opportunity to learn about the latest moves in your industry and stay abreast of major developments.

#5. You’ll learn about new trends and best practices

Networking can be a great source of fresh ideas, new perspectives, and ideas to help you in your day-to-day job.

This sort of networking is easy online. Join relevant LinkedIn groups or look out for specialist professional forums (often hosted by professional bodies) where you can ask and answer work-related questions.

Embrace the possibilities

When it’s done properly, professional networking can open all sorts of doors. The key is reciprocation: if you’re open to helping others, then there’s a strong chance they’ll help you right back. Embrace this philosophy and your networking could lead to, well, pretty much anything!


Executive Partnerships is a specialist EA, PA, and business support recruitment consultancy. If you’re looking for help finding your next star or searching for new opportunities, get in touch. Visit ExecutivePartnerships.co.uk for more information.

Last year, I wrote an article covering popular wireless hacking tools to crack or recover password of wireless network. We added 13 tools in that article which were popular and work great. Now I am updating that post to add few more in that list.

I will not explain about wireless security and WPA/WEP. You can read the existing article on wireless hacking tools to learn about them. In this post, I am updating the existing list to add few more powerful tools. I am adding seven new tools in the existing list to give you a single list of the most used wireless cracking tools.

1. Aircrack

Aircrack is the most popular and widely-known wireless password cracking tool. It is used as 802.11 WEP and WPA-PSK keys cracking tool around the globe. It first captures packets of the network and then try to recover password of the network by analyzing packets. It also implements standard FMS attacks with some optimizations to recover or crack password of the network. optimizations include KoreK attacks and PTW attack to make the attack much faster than other WEP password cracking tools. This tool is powerful and used most widely across the world. This is the reason I am adding it at the top of the list.

It offers console interface. If you find this tool hard to use, you can try the available online tutorials. Company behind this tool also offers online tutorial to let you learn by yourself.

Download: http://www.aircrack-ng.org/

2. AirSnort

AirSnort is another popular wireless LAN password cracking tool. It can crack WEP keys of Wi-Fi802.11b network. This tool basically operates by passively monitoring transmissions and then computing the encryption key when enough packets have been gathered. This tool is freely available for Linux and Windows platform. It is also simple to use. The tool has not been updated for around three years, but it seems that company behind this tool is now interested in further development. This tool is also directly involved in WEP cracking and hence used widely.

Download AirSnort: http://sourceforge.net/projects/airsnort/

3. Kismet

Kismet is another Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n layer 2 wireless network sniffer and intrusion detection system. This tool is basically used in Wi-Fi troubleshooting. It works fine with any Wi-Fi card supporting rfmon mode. It is available for Windows, Linux, OS X and BSD platforms. This tool passively collects packets to identify standard network and also detects the hidden networks. Built on a client server modular architecture, this tool can sniff 802.11b, 802.11a, 802.11g, and 802.11n traffic. It is an open source tool and supports recent faster wireless standards.

Download Kismet: http://www.kismetwireless.net/download.shtml

4. Cain & Able

Cain & Able is another popular tool used for cracking wireless network passwords. This tool was developed to intercept the network traffic and then use the brute forcing to discover the passwords. This is why this tool helps a lot while finding the password of wireless network by analyzing the routing protocols. This tool can also be used to crack other kind of passwords. It is one of the most popular password cracking tools.

This tool is not just for WEP cracking but various other features are also there. It is basically used for Windows password cracking. This is the reason this tool is so popular among users.

Download Cain & Able: http://www.oxid.it/cain.html

5. WireShark

WireShark is a very popular tool in networking. It is the network protocol analyzer tool which lets you check different things in your office or home network. You can live capture packets and analyze packets to find various things related to network by checking the data at the micro-level. This tool is available for Windows, Linux, OS X, Solaris, FreeBSD and other platforms.

If you are thinking to try this tool, I recommend you to first read about networking and protocols. WireShark requires good knowledge of network protocols to analyze the data obtained with the tool. If you do not have good knowledge of that, you may not find this tool interesting. So, try only if you are sure about your protocol knowledge.

Wireshark does is one of the most popular tool in networking and this is why it was included in this list in higher position.

Download Wireshark: https://www.wireshark.org/

6. Fern WiFi Wireless Cracker

Fern WiFi Wireless Cracker is another nice tool which helps with network security. It lets you see real-time network traffic and identify hosts. Basically this tool was developed to find flaws in computer networks and fixes the detected flaws. It is available for Apple, Windows and Linux platforms.

it is able to crack and recover WEP/WPA/WPS keys easily. It can also run other network based attacks on wireless or Ethernet based networks. For cracking WPA/WPA2, it uses WPS based on dictionary based attacks. For WEP cracking, it uses Fragmentation, Chop-Chop, Caffe-Latte, Hirte, ARP Request Replay or WPS attack.

This tool is in active development. SO, you can expect timely update with new features. Pro version of the tool is also available which offers much features.

Download Fern WiFi Wireless cracker: http://www.fern-pro.com/downloads.php

7. CoWPAtty

CoWPAtty is another nice wireless password cracking tool. It is an automated dictionary attack tool for WPA-PSK to crack the passwords. It runs on Linux OS and offers a less interesting command line interface to work with. It runs on a word-list containing thousands of password to use in the attack. If the password is in the password’s word-list, this tool will surely crack the password. But this tool is slow and speed depends on the word list and password’s strength. Another reason for slow process is that the hash uses SHA1 with a seed of SSID. It means the same password will have a different SSIM. So, you cannot simply use the rainbow table against all access points. So, the tool uses the password dictionary and generates the hash for each word contained in the dictionary by using the SSID. This tool is simple to use with available commands.

With the newer version of the tool CoWPAtty tried to improve the speed by using a pre-computed hash file to avoid the computation at the time of cracking. This pre-computed file contains around 172000 dictionary file for around 1000 most popular SSIDs. But for successful attack, your SSID must be in that list. If your SSID is not in those 1000, you are unlucky. Still, you can try this tool to see how it works.

Download CoWPAtty: http://sourceforge.net/projects/cowpatty/

8. Airjack

Airjack is a Wi-Fi 802.11 packet injection tool. It is used to perform DOS attack and MIM attack. This wireless cracking tool is very useful in injecting forged packets and making a network down by denial of service attack. This tool can also be used for a man in the middle attack in the network. This tool is popular and powerful both.

Download AirJack: http://sourceforge.net/projects/airjack/

9. WepAttack

WepAttack is another working open source Linux tool for breaking 802.11 WEP keys. Like few other tools in the list, this tool also performs an active dictionary attack. It tests millions of words from its dictionary to find the working key for the network. Only a working WLAN card is required to work with WepAttack to perform the attack. Limited usability but works awesome on supported WLAN cards.

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Download WepAttack: http://wepattack.sourceforge.net/

10. NetStumbler

NetStumbler is another wireless password cracking tool available only for Windows platform. It helps in finding open wireless access points. This tool is freely available. Basically NetStumbler is used for wardriving, verifying network configurations, finding locations with a poor network, detecting unauthorized access points, and more.

This tool is not very effective now. Main reason is that last stable release of the tool was back in April 2004 around 11 years ago. So, it does not work with 64-bit Windows OS. It can also be easily detected with most of the wireless intrusion detection systems available. So, you can use this tool for learning purpose on home network to see how it works.

A trimmed down version dubbed as ‘MiniStumbler’ of the tool is also available. This tool is too old but it still works fine on supported systems. So, I included it in this list.

Download NetStumbler: http://www.stumbler.net/

11. inSSIDer

inSSIDer is one of the most popular Wi-Fi scanner for Microsoft Windows and OS X platforms. This tool was released under open source license and also awarded as “Best Open Source Software in Networking”. Later it became premium tool and now costs $19.99. The inSSIDer Wi-Fi scanner can do various tasks, including finding open Wi-Fi access points, tracking signal strength, and saving logs with GPS records. Basically this tool is used by network administrators to find the issues in the wireless networks

Download inSSIDer: http://www.inssider.com/

12. Wifiphisher

Wifiphisher is another nice hacking tool to get password of a wireless network. This tool can execute fast automated phishing attack against a Wi-Fi wireless network to steal passwords. This tool comes pre-installed on Kali Linux. It is free to use and is available for Windows, MAC and Linux.

Download and read more about WiFiphisher:

13. KisMac

KisMac is tool very much similar to Kismet, we added in the list above. It offers features similar to Kismet and is used as wireless network discovery hacking tool. As the name suggests, this tool is only available for Mac. It scans for networks passively only on supported wireless cards and then try to crack WEP and WPA keys by using brute force or exploiting any flaw.

Download KisMac:

14. Reaver

Reaver is an open-source tool for performing brute force attack against WPS to recover WPA/WPA2 pass keys. This tool is hosted on Google Code and may disappear soon if developer has not migrated it to another platform. It was last updated around 4 years ago. Similar to other tools, this tool can be a good alternate to other tools in the list which use same attack method.

Download Reaver:

15. Wifite

Wifite is also a nice tool which supports cracking WPS encrypted networks via reaver. It works on Linux based operating systems. It offers various nice features related to password cracking.

Download Wifite: https://github.com/derv82/wifite

We have a complete article on Wifite. Read wifite walkthrough.

16. WepDecrypt

WepDecrypt is another wireless LAN tool written in C language. This tool can guess the WEP keys by performing dictionary attack, distributed network attack, key generator and some other methods. This tool needs few libraries to work. You can read more details on the download page. Tool is not so popular but it is good for beginners to see how dictionary attack works.


Download and read more about WepDecrypt:

17. OmniPeek

OmniPeek is a packet sniffer and network packets analyzer tool. This tool is only available for Windows platform and is available for commercial use only. It also requires you to have good knowledge of network protocols and understanding of network packets. It works with most of the network interface cards available in market. With available plugins, this tool can become more powerful. Around 40 plugins are already available to extend the functions of this tool.

Download OmniPeek: http://www.wildpackets.com/products/distributed_network_analysis/omnipeek_network_analyzer

18. CloudCracker

CloudCracker is an online password cracking tool to crack WPA keys of Wireless network. This tool can also be used to crack various other kind of password hashes. You only need to upload the handshake file and enter the network name to start the attack. With 3000 million words long dictionary, this tool is most likely to crack the password. This tool is also used for MD5, SHA and few other cracking. It is also an effective tool and worth to mention if we talk about wireless cracking tools.

See CloudCracker: https://crack.sh/

19. CommonView for Wi-Fi

CommonView for Wi-Fi is also a popular wireless network monitor and packer analyzer tool. It comes with easy to understand and use GUI to work with. This tool is basically for Wi-Fi network admins and security professionals who want to monitor and troubleshoot network related problems. It works fine with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac networks. It captures every single packet and lets you see useful information of the network. You can also get useful information like protocol distribution, access points, signal strength and more. This tool offers key information about a network and has a good value for network admins.

Download CommonView: http://www.tamos.com/products/commwifi/

20. Pyrit

Pyrit is also a very good tool which lets you perform attack on IEEE 802.11 WPA/WPA2-PSK authentication. This tool is available for free and is hosted on Google Code. SO, it could be disappearing in coming months. It works on range of platforms including FreeBSD, MacOS X and Linux.

It performs brute-force attack to crack the WPA/WPA-2 passwords. It is very effective and I recommend you to try it once. Due to its effectiveness, it was necessary to mention this tool in this list.

Download Pyrit:

Final words

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In this post, I added twenty working wireless cracking tools available for free or in open source licenses. You can try these tools to get access to a wireless network without knowing its password. Most of the tools are capable of cracking wireless network passwords but password cracking time may vary depending on the password’s complexity and length. Few tools cannot be directly used in cracking wireless passwords but packet analysis helps in guessing password.

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I also recommend the use of these tools just for learning purpose. We do not encourage illegal activities and do not support these kind of people. Hacking wireless network to get unauthorized access is a cyber-crime. So, do not put yourself into a risk.

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If you are into network security profession, you must know about these tools.

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I tried my best to provide most of the available popular wireless hacking tools. If you have any suggestion, you can comment below to suggest us.