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Do you know your white hats from your black hats? How about grey hats? Our quick explainer video is brim full of the information you need to get your head around hacking.

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What is hacking?

Hacking is the unauthorised attempt to exploit a computer system or network.

White hat hackers are known as ethical hackers and have no intent to cause harm but will penetrate a system to identify weaknesses.

Black hat hackers or Crackers hack to gain unauthorised access to harm or steal sensitive information.

Grey hat hackers act more for fun and exploit security weaknesses in computer systems to raise awareness of issues for recognition, political awareness, or financial reward.

For more information on the associated risks and online safety tips for parents and carers, watch our explainer video, available to those with a National Online Safety membership.