When I had to hack Instagram for a friend, I marveled at how many people still don't take their security seriously. How many stories have we all read or heard about over the years about so and so getting hacked? About some big company getting hacked? Or even more hilariously, some big tech company getting hacked? It's always someone who steals reams of personal information like passwords, emails, and other associated material that causes lots of problems for everyone involved. How hard is to come up with decent security systems? What chance do any of us have if the big guys have problem?
Actually, I used a tool I found online to crack my friend's girlfriend's Instagram account because she hid some of it and he wanted to know what she was doing. He thought she was cheating on him again. She wasn't, but I was able to get into her account easily enough because her password was so basic that it was laughable. I don't understand why people still use their pet's names and some easily predictable string of numbers. I doubt I'll have a problem because all of my passwords are randomly generated strings of letters and numbers.
Or at least I thought so! I decided to test this tool on a newly generated Instagram account. I beefed up the password, to a level that usually wouldn't be easily crackable, and then ran the tool on it. Much to my surprise, it broke the account wide open. I thought it would only work on shorter passwords consisting of words and a few numbers. Nope, it worked on a longer one too. That actually has me worried since I thought I was invulnerable! Maybe I should take it easy on the big boys and their woes with hackers. Apparently no password is entirely safe!