5 Things You Must To Do After Installing Kali Linux. Kali Linux, by default, probably doesn’t have everything you need to pass daily penetration tests with ease. With a few tips, tricks, and apps, we can quickly start wearing Kali like a professional white hat.

Most Linux distributions are highly customization. This makes customizing your penetration testing distribution a bit daunting.

With just a few commands, we can automate tasks, install our favorite software, create additional user accounts, correctly configure anonymity software and optimize our interactions with terminals. There are a few things we can do to improve our interactions with the operating system.

Things To DO After Installing Kali Linux

A side note, I specifically didn’t call this “The Top 5 or whatever things to do after Installing Kali Linux”, because this is an ongoing affair. I will constantly update and maintain this list. So best Bookmark it and come back once in a while. Things To DO After Installing Kali Linux

1. Making Sure Your Kali Is Up to Date

The first thing to do after installing Kali Linux is to update it. To do this, we must first update the repository and then we will have to upgrade the system. Follow my Instagram account to learn the basics of all the Linux you’ll need.

apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade -y

2. Change your SSH Keys & default Password

Each Kali Linux installation uses the same default password (Tour) and similar default SSHKs are created. Things To DO After Installing Kali Linux

Therefore, it is very easy for such net machines to attack the local network or the Internet. And you’re a hacker who doesn’t want to be hacked on his own ?!

Note that you will not see the characters as you are typing nor stars that show how many characters you have entered, this is for security reasons. Retype your password to confirm it.

Now to change your default SSH keys, first, change into the SSH directory

cd /etc/ssh/

and regenerate new SSH keys.

dpkg-reconfigure ssh-server

3. Customization: Improve Kali Linux’s Look & Feel

This one is a no-brainer. You need to be able to make your workstation look the way you want it to and for that, you need to install the gnome-tweaks tool, which is a free desktop customization and settings manager for Gnome desktops.

sudo apt install gnome-tweaks


4.  Filezilla FTP Client

If you have decided to run Kali Linux then you are likely to run some FTP-related tasks down the line and your workstation will not be complete without an FTP client. My pick is Filezilla and you can install it with this simple command.

sudo apt install filezilla filezilla-common -y

5. Take a Snapshot of your Current settings

Now that you are done with the first things to do after a fresh install of Kali Linux, it’s time to take a snapshot of the current settings.

This step is HIGHLY recommended when working with virtual machines in general. Because as a beginner, you’ll mess things up.

Take a Snapshot of your Current settings
Take a Snapshot of your Current settings in Kali Lunix

And when you do, instead of going over the installation from scratch and doing all of steps 1-6, you’ll just revert back to status quo with the snapshot. Saving yourself some headache and precious time.

To take a snapshot, on your Kali Linux VM, click on the hamburger icon -> Snapshots -> Take. Name your new snapshot and write a description, if you like, and click Ok.

Take snapshots of configured VM

I usually name mine “Ground Zero Installation” and then in the description, I put the date + VBox Guest Addition + New User (“the username I set”). You can write whatever you like so far you know what it means.