3 Best Operating Systems for Hacking [2016]


We are here to discuss top 3 best operating systems best suited for hackers.

#1 Kali Linux:


Kali Linux is a Debian-derived Linux distribution designed for digital forensics and penetration testing. Kali Linux has a dedicated project set-aside for compatibility and porting to specific Android devices, called Kali Linux NetHunter

Features of Kali Linux: 

  • Full customization of kali ISOs – Full customisation of Kali ISOs with live-build allowing you to create your own Kali Linux images – Kali Linux is heavily integrated with live-build, allowing endless flexibility in customising and tailoring every aspect of your Kali Linux ISO images.
  • Full Disk Encryption – Having the ability to perform a full disk encryption of your sensitive penetration testing computer drive is an essential feature needed in our industry. Just the thought of unencrypted client data getting lost or mishandled is horrific.
  • Metapackages – Kali contains a bunch of metapackage collections which aggregate different toolsets. This makes it easy to get custom, minimized environments set up
  • Amazon EC2 images – Need to spin up a Kali box quickly? Perhaps you need some serious bandwidth or disk space for your upcoming tasks. You can easily set up a cloud version of Kali Linux in the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud.
  • Forensics Mode-  The bootable “Forensics” mode available in Kali makes it perfect for forensics work, as the forensics Kali live image option does not mount any drives (including swap) with this option. The wealth of forensics tools on Kali (metapackage – kali-forensics-tools) makes Kali a good choice for any forensics work you need.
  • Kali Linux Running on Android- Kali Linux running on Android through Linux Deploy – Have a recent Android device other than a Nexus or OnePlus phone? Try using the Android App “Linux Deploy” to get Kali seamlessly installed in a chroot environment.


#2 Backtrack:


The other well-known Linux based Operating system is backtrack that is being used from few previous years and best known as the OS for network cracking and pentesting. And it’s also the one of the best OS that can perform various network hacks with privacy.

Features of Backtrack: 

  • Support for KDE and Gnome – BackTrack 5 boasts of support for KDE Plasma (4.6), Gnome (2.6) and Fluxbox. This makes it much simpler to migrate from Gnome-based distributions. Unifying the desktop environment has the added advantage of an easier learning curve for new users. Streamlined images for each desktop environment (DE) are available on the backtrack website.
  • 32-bit and 64-bit support – The addition of 64-bit support in BackTrack 5 makes it possible to tap additional power for processor-intensive tasks such as brute force password cracking. The 32-bit and 64-bit images support various boot modes, including a “Stealth” mode that boots without generating network traffic and a “Forensics” mode for forensic purposes.
  • ARM architecture support – An ARM image of BackTrack 5 is available, having officially been tested on the Motorola Xoom tablet and the Motorola Atrix 4G smart phone by the developers. Custom chroot scripts are already available to run BackTrack 5 on Android systems with ARM processors.
  • Packaged tools – BackTrack 5’s arsenal of tools have been upgraded to the latest versions. BackTrack 5 comes preloaded with tools for LAN and WLAN sniffing, vulnerability scanning, digital forensics and password cracking. The Metasploit exploit framework v3.7.0 has been packaged into BackTrack 5. The tools are organized into a comprehensive menu structure, streamlined to comply with the PTES and OSSTMM standards.


#3 BackBox:



BackBox is an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution penetration testing and security assessment oriented providing a network and information systems analysis toolkit. And this OS also provides you the privacy and vulnerable free environment.

Features Of Backbox:

  • BackBox has built one of the very first cloud platforms for penetration testing.
  • Designed to be fast, easy to use and provide a minimal yet complete desktop environment.
  • BackBox is fully automated and non-intrusive, with no agents required and no network configuration changes required to accomplish regularly scheduled, automated configuration backups.
  • With the BackBox dashboard overview, you save time and eliminate the need to track individual network devices