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Mastering Kali Linux for Web Penetration Testing by Michael McPhee

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Tuning your Google search skills

There are books written specifically on advancing Google search skills, but for web penetration testing, we can focus on some tips and practices that can better leverage the engine and eliminate useless search hits, commonly referred to as noise. We can use some operators to filter or focus our results, while others will perform logical combinations or modify the engine's behavior. Let's take a look at the most effective modifiers and options, filtering or focusing first, followed by logical operators:

  • The site: operator: Using the site: operator tells Google's engine to only accept files hosted on a particular domain. When we're looking for legitimate contact information, exposed files, and content, we'll ...

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