You use Instagram daily and, since you have a fair number of followers, you have the ability to often engage in private conversations with those who follow you. For this reason and given that you are a particularly privacy-conscious person, you are afraid that your account could be hacked and that some attacker could have their eyes on all your messages.
How do you say? Is this really the case? In that case, you do well to worry, as caution is never too much when it comes to cybersecurity. Precisely for this reason, let me give you a hand to sleep more peacefully in this regard. In the next chapters, in fact, I will explain in detail how to read another person’s Instagram messages , illustrating the techniques used by attackers to access the data of the victims, including Instagram chats .
Once this is done, I will show you all the procedures aimed at protecting your account and your device, also indicating what to do in case the your account was unfortunately hacked. Courage: sit comfortably and take just a few minutes of free time in order to calmly read all the tips that I will give you in this guide and put them into practice. At this point, all I have to do is wish you a good read and good luck for everything!
Techniques to access someone else’s Instagram account
I start this tutorial by explaining you what are the techniques through which the bad guys often manage to read another person’s Instagram messages. I do this because knowing what tools and vulnerabilities hackers can exploit can help you defend yourself against them.
One of the best known hacking techniques , and the easiest for the bad guys to do is social engineering . This is a method aimed at obtaining access to the victim’s device, in such a way as to be able to steal all sensitive data contained within it (including access data to social networks or to various other services and apps) by exploiting good faith and the carelessness of the user to hit.
For a malicious person to implement a technique of this type is quite simple, since usually it is enough to use a simple but credible excuse to ask the victim for permission to use their device.
Once the victim’s device is obtained, the cybercriminal can easily browse the data on the device and / or install a software or a spy app on it, through which you can obtain access, even remotely, to all the sensitive data on the device.
To protect yourself from social engineering techniques, and also and to avoid that through this simple technique a malicious person can read the messages of Instagram , you must absolutely avoid leaving your device unattended and you must never give it into the hands of unknown people or, in any case, of whom you do not you trust blindly.
The phishing techniques are equally widespread and consist in sending the designated victim an email or a SMS . Through the latter, pretending to be the security team of a site or a famous social network (eg Instagram), the attacker invites the user to connect to a site and reset their password.
Consequently, when the user-victim visits the link contained within the scam-message, believing that he can change the password of his account (for example that of Instagram ), you will be redirected to a bogus web page with an interface similar to that of the service you are thinking of changing your password for.
However, since this is a fake web page, the user will fall into a trap, since all the data entered in the fake password change screen will be collected by the attacker, who will then be able to easily access the victim’s account.
Therefore, I suggest you always pay close attention to emails and SMS that you receive, especially in the case of a communication concerning the change of the password. Never visit links that reach you through messages of this type, also because banks, social networks and other famous sites never send such requests without the user directly requesting the restoration of their own credentials.
If you are interested in the real procedure to perform to change your Instagram password, refer to my tutorial dedicated to the topic.
Keylogger and spy-app
Other tools used by attackers to steal sensitive data from users’ devices are keylogger and spy apps, i.e. software are able to silently capture everything that is typed on the keyboard of the device on which they are installed (including sensitive data, such as email addresses and passwords) and other data, such as the sites visited, the numbers called and so on.
Identifying and eliminating threats of this type – as they often hide from the user’s eyes, it is not easy; however there are various solutions that you can put into practice to do this: to find out more in detail which ones, consult my tutorial on how to remove spy software from your mobile phone.
Browser database attacks
Among the various techniques that attackers can use to hack sensitive data on a device, there are the attacks perpetuated against browser databases .
Such attacks are due to the fact that many people use the password managers built into browsers to easily and quickly memorize the accesses to the most visited Internet sites. By exploiting any browser vulnerabilities or user distractions, it is therefore possible to access access data to Internet sites and social networks, such as Instagram.
In the light of what has just been said – and assuming that the information contained in the browser databases is encrypted – it is recommended to use a good third-party password manager rather than the database included in the browser: two examples of the best are 1Password and Bitwarden . More info here.
How not to get Instagram messages read
After explaining to you the techniques that can be used by bad guys for hack an Instagram account , it’s time to talk to you in detail about how to protect your account , to prevent your messages from being read by malicious people. Read on to find out more.
Protect your Instagram account
There are several things you can do to protect your Instagram account, starting with using a secure password, i.e. a long password, devoid of complete sense, composed of lowercase letters , uppercase , but also numbers and symbols .
To change the password of your Instagram account by acting easily via the app for Android (downloadable from the Play Store or alternative stores) and iPhone (downloadable from the App Store), log in to your account, then go to the Settings> Security> Password section, in order to type the current password of your account and choose the new password . In case of doubts or problems, please refer to my tutorial where I write you in detail how to change your Instagram password.
Also, through the section Settings> Security> Two-factor authentication , you can activate this additional security method, which will require you to enter a security code received via SMS or in a authentication app (recommended) you set up (for example Google Authenticator for Android and iOS / iPadOS) whenever you want to access your profile from new devices or browsers. For more information about it, refer to my tutorial where I explain in detail how to activate 2FA on Instagram and what are the other solutions you can implement to avoid getting hacked on Instagram.
Instead, in the event that, unfortunately, someone had already managed to access your account without permission, immediately run for cover by implementing the solutions I indicated in my guide on how to recover an Instagram account, in which I explained how to contact the support of the social network to regain possession of a compromised account.
Protect the device
In addition to protecting your account Instagram It is equally important that you take measures to protect your device . Therefore, what I advise you to do is change the unlock PIN of your device, setting one that is difficult to guess (even if you have activated biometric unlocking systems, such as fingerprint or face recognition).
On Android you can change the unlock PIN by going to the Settings> Lock screen security> Lock screen menu, in order to choose to set a new PIN . Avoid the sequence , as it is easily guessed by watching a person unlock their device.
On iOS, however, you can change the unlock PIN by using the Settings> Touch ID and code> Change the code section, in order to enter the old code and then set a new one, being able to choose between a custom alphanumeric code , a custom numeric code or a four-digit numeric code (less recommended).
Also, another tool you can consider to protect the Instagram app from unwanted access is the use of native apps or tools of Android and iPhone , such as the Norton App Lock app for Android or the Restrictions tool for iOS, that allow you to put passwords to access apps. You can find more information about this in my guide on how to password Instagram.
Do not connect to public Wi-Fi networks
Last but not least, I want to put you warns about the potential danger of public Wi-Fi networks . The latter, in fact, could be subject to sniffing attacks, that is to hacking methods thanks to which the bad guys intercept the data entering and leaving them and, consequently, they can capture all the sensitive data contained in a device connected to it. .
Therefore, my advice is to not connect to public Wi-Fi networks or to do so while having take care to protect your device using a VPN , such as NordVPN or Surfshark.
The use of these tools, in fact, is necessary to protect Internet browsing, encrypt all sensitive data contained in your devices and also disguise your location geographical (useful for overcoming many local censorships and restrictions). For more information about it, I suggest you learn more by reading my tutorials dedicated to the general functioning of VPNs and the more specific ones dedicated to NordVPN and Surfshark.
Salvatore Aranzulla is the most widely read blogger and IT popularizer in Italy . He is known for discovering vulnerabilities in Google and
Microsoft. He collaborates with computer magazines and edited the technological column of the newspaper Il Messaggero. He is the founder of Aranzulla.it, one of the
thirty most visited sites in Italy, in which he responds with simplicity to thousands of computer-related doubts. He has published for Mondadori and