Twenty free and effective infosec tools

We asked readers to name the free tools they find most useful in their daily work as infosec practitioners. Here are 20 that stand out.

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BackTrack

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BackTrack is a Linux-based pen-testing toolbox security professionals use to perform assessments in a purely native environment dedicated to hacking.

Users have easy access to a variety of tools ranging from port scanners to password crackers. Users can boot BackTrack directly from portable media without requiring installation, though permanent installation to hard disk is an option.

BackTrack arranges tools into 12 categories:

  • Information gathering
  • Vulnerability assessment
  • Exploitation tools
  • Privilege escalation
  • Maintaining access
  • Reverse engineering
  • RFID tools
  • Stress testing
  • Forensics
  • Reporting tools
  • Services
  • Miscellaneous
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