Hello friends, today i am going to explain what is the difference between hacker and cracker. There are lots of articles on internet about the difference between hackers and crackers. In those articles authors or publishers often try to correct the public misconceptions. For many years, media has erroneously used the hacker word with a cracker. So the general public now believes hacker is someone who breaks into computer systems,hack passwords, websites and misuse them. But this is absolutely untrue and it demoralizes some of our most talented hackers.
The greatness of misconception you can determine from the fact that world's biggest authentic source WIKIPEDIA has defined hackers in a incorrect way. Wikipedia has defined hackers in the following way...
There is a very thin line difference between the hacker and cracker. Like a coin has two faces heads or tails, similar is true for computer experts. Some uses their techniques and expertize to help the others and secure the systems or networks and some misuses them and use that for their own selfish reasons.
There are several traditional ways that determines the difference between the hackers and crackers. I will provide you these ways in order of their acceptance in the computer and IT market. First of all, let me provide you the basic definitions of both hackers and crackers.
These definitions are as follows:
Hackers : A Hacker is a person who is extremely interested in exploring the things and recondite workings of any computer system or networking system. Most often, hackers are the expert programmers. These are also called Ethical Hackers or white hat hackers. And the technique or hacking they perform is called ethical hacking.