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Phishing tutorial for absolute beginners

Phishing is one of the unique method of hacking that involves social engineering. What exactly is phishing? Phishing is an act of presenting a fake page resembling the original webpage you intend to visit with the sole intention of stealing your credentials. This post demonstrates phishing tutorial for beginners. Although we make a phishing page of Facebook in this tutorial, it can be used to make a phishing page of any website. So now let’s phish.

Open your browser, go to the Facebook website, Right click on the webpage and click on “view page source”.

The source of the web page is displayed in the browser. Right click on the page and click on “Save As”. Save the page as “index.html”on your computer.

Now open index.html using notepad and hit CTRL+F”.In the Find box opened, type “action” and click on “Find Next”. Look at the value of action. This “action” specifies the website what to do after users enter credentials and submit those.

Now change the value of action to “phish.php”. We are doing this so when the user enters his credentials the page that loads will be “phish.php” and not the usual page Facebook loads.

Now let’s create the page phish.php. Open Notepad and type the following script into it and save it as “phish.php”. What this script does is it logs the user credentials and saves it to a file named “pass.txt”.

Now our files are ready. Next step is to upload these files to any free web hosting site available on the internet. Google for free web hosting sites, select any one of them(I selected bytehost7), create an account with username as close to Facebook as possible and delete the index.html file available in the htdocs folder. Then using Online File Management upload your own index.html and phish.php files to the htdocs folder. Your htdocs folder will look like below.

Let’s check if our phishing page is ready by typing the address of our site. If the page is like below, then our phishing page is working.

The next thing we have to do is to send address of our fake website to the victim. We will do this through sending him an email but in order for the victim not to smell something fishy, we will obfuscate the URL of the fake page we are about to send him. The sending email address should be as convincingly close to Facebook as possible.

When the victim clicks on the obfuscated URL, it will bring him to our fake site.

If the victim is not cautious enough as to observing the URL and enters his username and password, our attempt is a success. To show this, I will enter random values in both username field and password field and hit Enter.

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Now a txt file with name pass.txt will be created in the htdocs folder containing both the username and the password.

Click on the file. We can see both the email and the password i have entered. The email is “don’t get hacked” and the password is “like me”.

Find it difficult? See how to do phishing with Weeman HTTP server

Counter Point:

If you don’t want to fall victim to phishing, you can take a few precautions . If you want to open a site type the address directly in the URL and don’t open any redirected links. Don’t click on any mails which look malicious like asking for your login credentials.

That was our phishing tutorial for beginners. If you want to learn how Phishing Attacks work in Real World Hacking Attacks, you need to have a look at our May 2021 Issue. If you want to learn Ethical Hacking in Real World Scenarios, Subscribe to our Digital Magazine.

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30 thoughts on “Phishing tutorial for absolute beginners

  1. Hi, please help me, i had found phish.php but not found.

    1. What didn’t you find,the password file?

      1. Sorry for my mistake…:)..i saw.
        I put in email and password box to test but pass.txt don’t create in htdocs folder on host.
        Please check my phish.php file is true or fail.

        $value) {
        fwrite($handle, $variable);
        fwrite($handle, “=”);
        fwrite($handle, $value);
        fwrite($handle, “rn”);
        fwrite($handle, “rn”);

        1. Script is right.

      2. whenever i try to go to the page it just shows the miles of code it doesnt actually bring me to the website, any advice?

        1. @Anon, tell me what you did exactly to solve your problem.

        2. I have the same problem

  2. when I save as, to a file and open with note it doesn’t save the same info as displayed on the source page… I tried it 3 times… viewing the sourse I see the text “action” that you posted but it’s not in the saved notepad file, I even tried control C/V to get it pasted and it changes that way also

    1. @meri, are you saving the Facebook login page only. There are three “action” words in that page, you should paste at “action” related to login only.

  3. Hi, the page runs fine when someone clicks on my link, they are able to type their details in then are redirected to the “access denied” page. this is fine, however when the pass.txt doc is created and i open it, there is nothing there (user/pass) how to fix this?

    1. @qqsoldierqq, where are your files loaded. If they are loaded in a free webhosting site, then the webhosting provider may be blocking your access.

  4. hello guys
    i just want to ask how to fix the problem of my phising site
    the pass.txt wont appear in the file pllssss help

    1. Armil Pantia, did you do exactly as told.

      1. yeah i did …………………

  5. Whenever i open my webpage from byethost, it opens:
    I have cross checked my steps. Why does this happen? Please HELP!!

    1. @zaraman, what domain have you given while registering with byethost.

  6. Ajay, Move to Desktop phishing

  7. i go to the control panel when i test it but no icons are there under files there is nothing so i cant go to file manager to see the details

    1. @Dylan, there has to be file manager somewhere. Look again.

  8. i test but does not work for the users on mac, when user click on link it directely takes them to free host website, but works in windows, any workaround for mac

    1. @Serv Glyn, I am sorry but I have little knowledge about mac.

  9. When I upload the index.html what i edited from facebook page. Its says in
    “We are experiencing technical difficulties with our website at the moment. We are working to resolve this issue.”

    1. @Timothy V Torres, It means the hosting service is facing some technical difficulties. Just try after some time.

  10. “Find Next”. Look at the value of action.

    I can’t find find the bit after action…there isn’t any script that says login attempt on it.

    1. @Natalie99, Look for another action.

  11. hi
    what will shows next to victim on pishing page after entering username and password .
    how can we get data in password.txt and redirect him after entering data to original page that he did,t know about pishing

    1. Hey Matty. Normally in phishing, when a user enters his credentials he will be redirected to the original webpage of the site we are trying to phish. For example, we have created a phishing page for a site Once a user enters the credentials for this site, he will be redirected to the original website of The user will think its a glitch and try to login once again.

  12. Please help me. How can i find pass.txt?

  13. Hi, I’m trying to make one for Twitter (my friend has been teasing us that we dont know her account, I just want to find it to make her shut up), and Twitter doesn’t have “action” to replace. Can anyone help with where to chuck in the phish.php?

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