Even though technologies are getting increasingly sophisticated and secure, virtually anything connected to the Internet is vulnerable in one way or another. Social media accounts are relatively easy to hack with the right tools so if you are trying to spy on somebody’s Instagram account, you don’t have to do anything incredibly risky or illegal.
You also don’t have to be a master programmer.
Obviously, we do not encourage any illegal or unethical methods but if you need to gain access to your child’s account for his or her safety, you can do that rather easily. The following explores various spy applications that were created with this in mind but we are also going to look at some of the other ways that Instagram accounts get hacked.
Why Are You Spying?
Instagram is one of the most popular social media platforms in existence and if you search hard enough, you’ll definitely find some questionable content and questionable people. Online safety is important and if you have a child on the platform, it can be easy to worry and it is completely reasonable to want to find out what’s going on.
Unless your child’s account is set to private, anybody would be able to follow and message him or her on the app. When you gain access to the account, you will be able to see who your child is talking to, who he or she follows on the app, and what kind of things he or she looks at.
Hacking Through the App Itself
First of all, remember that you might be able to access the account through basic manipulation of features that are already on the app.
For example, if you know the name of the account, the email used to create the account, or the phone number associated with the account, you may be able to get in. Sometimes you can simply click “forgot password” and follow the steps to change the password.
Your ability to do this might depend on your relationship with the person and how much you know about him or her.
If you know the target very well, you may even be able to guess his or her password through trial and error. If he or she does not have a strong password, this can be easier than you think.
Hacking with Spy Apps
The other way to get into somebody’s Instagram is to use a spy app. There are apps that are specifically designed to monitor cell phones and the apps within them. Some examples include:
These applications allow you to monitor activity on somebody’s cell phone and you’ll be able to see who he or she talks to, who he or she messages, where he or she goes, and how often he or she is using certain applications. In addition to Instagram, these apps will also have tools for spying on Snapchat, Whatsapp, and a long list of other cell phone applications.
FlexiSpy has a ton of features, for example, and you’d be able to intercept live calls, record phone calls, and view messages both sent and received. The others work just as well and have enough features that you’ll be able to get all the information that you need.
How Do Spy Apps Work?
These spy apps will demand a fee and the exact price will depend on the app that you use. They are usually subscription-based services so you’ll pay once a month for as long as you use them. Once you pick the one that you want, you need to make an account.
These apps also require you to get a hold of the target’s phone, which can certainly be challenging if you are trying to do this secretly, but that is how it works. You’ll only need the phone for a couple of minutes or long enough to install the app on the phone.
This might mean that you have to plug it into a computer but it depends on which program you are using. Once the app is on the phone, you can put it back where it belongs. These apps will be virtually undetectable so there should be no way for the user to know that you’ve installed something on his or her phone.
From your computer, you can log in to your account through the web browser. The spy program will have an online dashboard that displays everything going on with the phone. All you have to do is click around for the information you’re looking for and you’ll be able to save stuff as it becomes necessary.
One of the best ways to hack an Instagram is to install a keylogging program and some of the apps listed above have this built in. Keylogging features track what keys are being pressed at a given time.
If you have that information, you could decipher any username and password combination, not only on Instagram but on a host of other social media profiles and private activities as well. In theory, you would no longer need a spy app if you had the password so this feature can be extremely useful.
Hacking Through Brute Force
A popular hacking method that could also be used to infiltrate Instagram accounts is referred to as “brute force”. This method actually does require some programming knowledge and if that’s not you, perhaps you know somebody who could do it. Regardless, here’s what it is:
A brute force attack is when hackers use a program that repeatedly enters passwords until it guesses the right one. This is part of the reason why some platforms will limit the number of failed login attempts that they’ll accept.
This is an extremely time-consuming method and one of the more complex methods for accessing an Instagram account but it’s still possible. Despite being rather unethical, there are plenty of tutorials and online resources that explain the process and how you could go about doing it.
Are There Other Ways?
There are surely other ways to hack Instagram accounts but as you dive deeper into this, things get increasingly sketchy, complex, unethical, and potentially expensive. If you are looking for free ways to hack an Instagram account, you’d better approach it with a little caution.
If you are actively looking, you might encounter sites that offer “free” hacking services or access to somebody’s information and these are almost always unreliable. Many of them are actually scams to get your information. These places will want you to sign up for a program or take a survey and many of them will take you down a rabbit hole that seemingly doesn’t have an end.
Don’t Limit Yourself to Instagram
If you are really concerned with the online safety of your loved ones, don’t limit yourself to just Instagram. Spying is spying so if you are going to do it, you might as well go all in.
After all, these spy apps automatically give you access to the entire phone that you installed them on. These apps were made to spy on cell phones and the social media access is more of a bonus feature.
With the ability to access phone messages, call histories, and loads of other information, you can be thorough with your spying and make sure that your children are safe on all fronts.