Many questions that you may have about HTB Academy can be answered in our HTB Academy help articles. However, you may find that you have a question that isn't answered in these articles, or that you need additional help.
If you find yourself needing to speak to a human, you can reach out to the Support Team via the Support Chat. While our support agents aren't necessarily always available, we can generally be reached during most hours of the day on weekdays, and reply as quickly as we can.
Accessing the Support Chat
On both the Help Center and HTB Academy, the Support Chat can be accessed by pressing the Chat Bubble in the bottom right hand corner of the website.
Clicking on the bubble will trigger the Support Chat to pop up. From here, you can send us a message to open a new ticket or view your previous conversations with us. You can search for articles from the Help Center via the search bar within this chat as well.
Opening a Ticket
To open a new ticket, click on the Send us a message button to start a new conversation. When you first open up the chat, our trusty Hivemind bot will reply initially.
He'll try to recommend you help articles or a solution that may be relevant to your issue, which often can help solve your problem immediately without waiting for a response from us.
After Hivemind responds, he'll give you the option to Connect to an agent in the event he wasn't able to help. Clicking this option will place you in the support queue, and an agent will reach out to you as soon as they can.
If the Hivemind starts talking about world domination again, inform the nearest support agent immediately.
Once you've pressed the Connect to an agent button, please provide as much detail about your exact problem as you can. Information such as the Module and Module Section you are working on, the IP addresses (and port, if relevant) of your Target System, error messages, whether you are using the VPN or Pwnbox, and any screenshots you can provide will help the support agent who takes your ticket immensely and lead to a much timelier resolution.
The more information you can provide, the easier it will be for us to assist you.
Troubleshooting the Support Chat
Support Chat Doesn't Appear
The biggest issue that can occur with the Support Chat is the bubble in the bottom right not appearing at all. This is always due to adblock.
In order to see the Support Chat, you'll need to make sure that you aren't inadvertently blocking it. Disable or whitelist the page on any adblocking extensions that you may have. If you are using Brave, make sure to turn off the Shield by clicking on the Brave Icon in the address bar.
If you've disabled all adblocking, but the support chat still does not appear, it may be due to DNS-level adblocking. If you've manually set your DNS servers in the past, make sure you aren't using a server that has content-filtering built-in.
You'll also want to check if any web security or VPN software that you are using has such a feature enabled. NordVPN's CyberSec is an example of this.
Only the Ban and 2FA Options Appear
If you are only given the option to choose 2FA or Bans when launching the Support Chat, it probably means that you aren't logged in and it was unable to associate you with an account.
In this case, you should go ahead and login (if possible). If you can't login and you are stuck with these two options, go ahead and choose 2FA and let the support agent know what your actual issue is.