Quick start – the basics of Netcat

Netcat, like many security tools, can be used for legitimate or nefarious purposes. As an author, I do not wish to presuppose your individual moral compass. I would highly advise that you, as a reader, should adhere to all laws and regulations that govern your actions.

Furthermore, the very first time you launch the Netcat executable on a Windows machine, your anti-virus and/or firewall may detect malicious activity as illustrated in the screenshot that follows. Note that the screenshot shows the default screenshot as prompted by Windows 7; however, the options that you select here are largely based on what your intentions with Netcat are. In a lab setting, perhaps it would be advisable to flip-flop the checkboxes ...

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