This page contains a list of notes and walkthroughs for various rooms on tryhackme.com.
TryHackMe is an amazing website for learning networking, information security, hacking, and computer science in general. It’s one of the best sites to begin learning cybersecurity because of its’ focus on education and extremely low cost. Most of the rooms can be completed without a subscription. A membership that includes premium rooms is $8 per month. At this point I’m not aware of any other cybersecurity training platform with a higher benefit/cost ratio, especially for beginner and intermediate folks.
If you’re new to cybersecurity or just want to brush up on your skills, a great place to start is the Advent of Cyber 3 room!
Introduction to TryHackMe
For those who are new to the site, TryHackMe uses pages that are called Rooms. Most rooms contain CTFs while others contain interactive learning exercises. Some have multiple target VMs designed to teach different things. In addition, some rooms are part of designated Learning Paths, but many aren’t. New rooms are released frequently (at least several per month).
Inside a Room there are different sections called Tasks. Tasks often include a descriptive write-up and a number of questions. There are many times that you may need to use a specific virtual machine (VM) or simulation for a Task, so always double check that you are using the right one for the Task.
TryHackMe Virtual Machines (VMs)
For those just breaking into cybersecurity or IT in general, TryHackMe is also an excellent resource because it allows you to spin up virtual machines for free so that you can practice using both CLI and GUI on systems you may not currently have access to.
There are typically two virtual machines required to complete a given task: an attacking machine, and a target machine. You can use your own machine as the attacker via OpenVPN or you can use the TryHackMe AttackBox. The AttackBox is a Kali Linux VM that is secure, super to easy to use, and can be accessed on any desktop browser. This means you don’t need to buy anything to get started hacking with an actual Linux machine! The AttackBox can be launched by clicking the blue ‘Start AttackBox’ button at the top of every room on TryHackMe.
The target machine is usually accessed by a green ‘Start Machine’ within the task itself or a previous task. A card will appear that provides the IP address and name of the target machine.
This combination of easily accessible AttackBox and target machines is one of the things that make TryHackMe an excellent resource.
Below is an index of notes and walkthroughs for TryHackMe rooms that I have put together. There’s a comprehensive list of all the walkthroughs that I’ve done in alphabetical order. Below that is an ordered list of the walkthroughs from specific learning paths. If you’re a complete beginner, I definitely recommend starting with the pre-security or beginner learning paths.
TryHackMe Walkthroughs in Alphabetical Order
Advent of Cyber 3
DNS in Detail
Extending Your Network
How Websites Work
HTTP in Detail
Intro to LAN
Linux Fundamentals Pt. 1
Linux Fundamentals Pt. 2
Linux Fundamentals Pt. 3
Packets and Frames
Putting it All Together
Starting Out in Cyber Sec
What is Networking?
Windows Fundamentals 1
Windows Fundamentals 2
Windows Fundamentals 3