How to get started to be a bounty hunter.

If you’ve ever wanted to be a bounty hunter, your questions will be answered — A Bug Bounty Hunter is a hacker who is paid to find software and website flaws.

Those with technical skills and a strong sense of enthusiasm can become a good vulnerability hunter. You can begin when you are young or old. The primary concern is that you want to learn regularly. It’s much more enjoyable to know if you have someone to bounce ideas off. Here’s how I got started as a security hacker.

Deliver simple and effective bugs:

Performance trumps amount. Even though they are both security concerns, remote code execution on a production device is more valuable than self-XSS. Take pleasure in the thrill of hunting for a super-severe bug. In addition, good hackers spend a significant amount of time outlining the problem in as much detail as possible. Go into the point quickly and don’t add needless complexity for the organisation (different phrasing decreases the company’s responsiveness to sending the report). Finally, good hunters read the software policy before beginning their quest for flaws.

Practice More:

Get more familiar with the fundamentals if you aren’t already. It was highly beneficial for me to understand IP, TCP, and HTTP protocols and take a few (web) programs and courses. The majority of bug bounty services are geared toward web-based applications.

Make Connections:

Suppose you’re fortunate enough to have had a hacker pal. Then, you’ll learn quickly together. My friend and I used to hunt together and challenge each other to find the secret flaws. Find someone else who can test you, and then use what you’ve learned from their challenges to find cool bugs on real-world goals.

Security research or vulnerability hunting is one of the most in-demand skills in the tech industry. It is not fast, but when done correctly, it is highly gratifying. Remember that being a good bug bounty hunter needs patience, input, and dedication, much like developing software. Think beyond everything and try every logic possible.

Respect every decision of organisation and earn wisely:

Earn appreciation by reporting beneficial bugs. Respect the corporation’s judgement on the value of the bounty. If you disapprove of the amount they agreed to grant, have an honest conversation about why you think it is deserving of a greater reward. Resist cases in which you request another award without explaining why you believe you are entitled to more. In exchange, an organisation should appreciate and support your time. They do this by granting bounties, being open and straightforward, including you in the patch conversation, and requesting that you evaluate the implemented fix. It pays to be expressive and acceptable: Effective bug bounty hunters are inundated with employer offers.



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