7 Best Linux Distros for CyberSecurity and for Ethichal Hackers

In a world of computers, we all are connected to the internet, and due to this, there are so many precautions we have to take because today’s time is fully digitalized and unsafe. Due to the rapid growth of technology, the number of scammers, fraudsters, and Bad Hackers is also increasing. That is why the demand for cybersecurity experts is also increasing.

But to overcome these issues It is essential for cybersecurity professionals, ethical hackers, and security enthusiasts to have the proper tools and resources to protect networks, identify vulnerabilities, and ensure the integrity of digital systems. So, the good thing is that there are plenty of Linux distributions that already come with great tools and resources for cyber experts and hackers.

In this blog, we are going to discuss the best linux distros for cybersecurity and for ethical hackers. So let’s see…

Kali Linux


Kali Linux is an open-source Debian-based linux distribution that is mainly designed for cybersecurity experts and for ethical hackers. It comes up with more than 600 pre-installed security tools and resources to do defensive tasks like penetration testing, system scanning, digital forensics, etc., and many more.

It is also suitable for carrying this distro in a USB pen drive and can do live boot without installation into the system. This is a very good distribution and the most popular too.

Parrot OS


Parrot OS is also known as “Parrot Security OS” It is a debian-based linux distribution that is specially designed for cybersecurity, ethical hacking, and penetration testing. The main aim of this distribution is to provide them with a comprehensive set of tools and features to perform various security-related tasks like Testing, Security Auditing, Malware Analysis, Network Monitoring, Network security scanning, and much more. This distro can also be used as a live boot without installation which is very useful for both cybersecurity experts and for ethical hackers as well.



BlackArch is an arch-based linux distribution that is also designed for cybersecurity experts and for ethical hackers. This distribution comes up with more than 2600 tools and resources for security purposes. These tools can do a lot of different things, like scanning networks, exploiting them, breaking passwords, reverse engineering, and a lot more. It is also a powerful and popular distribution that likes the arch-based linux other wise can go for the Kali linux and for parrot OS. It can also be used as a live boot system without doing any installation.



BackBox is an Ubuntu-based distro which is a Debian-based linux distribution. It is specially designed for ethical hackers and for cybersecurity experts/professionals. It is a friendly distribution that comes up with a decent toolset and features like an Information Gathering Tool, Exploitation tool, Wireshark Network tools, Penetration Testing tool, etc., and much more. So these are the thing which is very useful for hacker and as well as for cyber experts. This linux is also suitable for creating a live boot system using a USB Pendrive.

Tails OS


Tails OS is one of the best distro of all of them (in terms of privacy only), the reason why I am saying this is that it is totally focused on privacy. And, the full form of Tails is “The Amnesic Incognito Live System,”. This OS is mainly designed to be used as a live operating system, which means it can be run directly from a bootable USB drive or DVD without requiring installation on the host machine. Tails leave no traces of your activity on the host system when you shut down or remove the live media (USB or DVD). In Tails, there is a feature named “amnesic” that helps to protect your privacy and security.

This is mainly designed to be used as a live operating system that doesn’t mean you can not do the installation in your system they also provide this feature to their user. But according to them and me, using this OS with a live boot provides you more security than the other OS. It is a good linux for cyber professionals and for ethical hackers.


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ArchStike is a linux distribution based on arch linux. It is mainly or specially designed for cyber security professionals and for ethical hackers. It comes up with more than 2000 pre-installed tools that can be used for penetration testing, Network Scanning and Analysis, Password Cracking, and many more things. This is also a good linux distro for security professionals.

It is also used for the live bootable system in your system and can be a tool without installation.

Security Onion


Security Onion is an ubuntu-based linux distribution which is also a Debian-based. This distribution is specifically designed for cyber experts and for ethical hackers. It is a fantastic OS for monitoring network security, detecting intrusions, and handling incidents. It helps in finding and minimizing security issues with features including packet analysis, log management, and network forensics. So these things are very useful for security professionals.

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