The communication application linked to Facebook, Messenger, is particularly used daily by several billion users. In some countries, this application has even become a common alternative to SMS. We will explain how it is technically possible to hack Messenger today. Before we begin this article, we would like to remind you that hacking an account without authorization is a criminal offense (identity theft). For this reason, we recommend that you use the knowledge we are about to reveal to you only with the written consent of the person you are going to hack (in a personal, family or professional context).
Now that we have done this basic reminder, here is a series of techniques, more or less simple to put into practice, to manage to hack a Messenger account.
The forgotten password technique on Messenger
In order to hack a Messenger account, you will need:
- The email address or phone number linked to the Facebook account of the person you want to hack
- A little patience
Once you have gathered all these elements, you can begin the process by following these steps:
- Go to www.facebook.com and click on “Forgot your password?
- Enter the email address or phone number of the person you want to hack in the appropriate field and click “Search”.
- Facebook then gives you two options for resetting your password: either by sending a code to your cell phone or by answering one of your secret questions. If you choose the first one, go to your victim’s cell phone, find the code that Facebook sent you and enter it in the appropriate field on the website. If you choose the second option, answer the secret question correctly (you’ll need to be lucky or very close to the person whose account you want to hack).
- Once you have entered the code or answered the secret question correctly, you can now create a new password for the account.
- And that’s it! You have successfully hacked your victim’s Messenger account.
The keylogging technique to hack a Messenger account
Keylogging involves secretly recording everything that is typed on a computer keyboard, including passwords. If you have physical access to the computer of the person whose Messenger account you want to hack, this method is for you.
There are two ways to register a computer keyboard:
- Use a hardware device called a keylogger. This is called hardware keylogger. This device must be connected between the keyboard and the computer. The advantage of using a hardware device is that it is very difficult for the victim to detect, as it leaves no traces on the computer. However, the main drawback is that it requires physical access to the victim’s machine.
- Use software keyloggers. Software keyloggers are programs that can be installed on the victim’s computer without their knowledge. Once installed, these programs are very difficult to detect and can record everything that is typed on the keyboard, including passwords. The main advantage of this method is that it does not require physical access to the victim’s machine. However, one important drawback is that it is much easier for the victim to detect software keyloggers than hardware keyloggers.
How to spot a software keylogger?
Software keyloggers are programs that run in the background and are very difficult to detect. However, there are some steps you can take to try to detect them:
- Check the list of programs installed on your computer. If you see a program that you don’t remember installing or don’t recognize, it may be a keylogger.
- Check the list of running processes. To do this, press Ctrl+Shift+Esc on your keyboard. This will open the Task Manager. In the “Processes” tab, check the list of running processes and look for anything suspicious.
- Scan your computer with an anti-virus program. This is the best way to detect and remove keylog software from your machine.
How to remove keylogger software?
If you think your computer is infected with a software keylogger, the best thing to do is to scan it with an anti-virus program. This will detect and remove any keylogger software from your machine.
If you cannot install an antivirus program on your computer (for example, if it is already infected and you cannot run any program), you can try to remove the keylogger manually. To do this, you need to find and delete all files associated with the keylogger. However, this task is very difficult and is recommended only if you have experience with manual malware removal.
The phishing technique to hack Messenger
Phishing is a technique used by hackers to steal sensitive information such as passwords and credit card numbers. This method involves creating a fake login page that looks identical to the real Facebook login page. When the victim enters their credentials on this fake page, they actually send them to the hacker instead of Facebook. This method is very effective, but its implementation requires certain technical skills.
How to detect a phishing page?
There are several things you can check for to spot a phishing page (including a page used to hack into a Messenger account):
- Check the URL of the page. If it is not exactly the same as the URL of the real Facebook login page, it is probably a phishing page.
- Look for spelling mistakes on the page. Hackers often make mistakes when creating fake pages, so this is a good way to spot them.
- Check the page for suspicious links. If there are links that lead to unknown or untrustworthy websites, they may be part of a phishing attack.
- Beware of pages that ask for personal information such as your password or credit card number.
The technique of social engineering
Social engineering is a non-technical method used by hackers to obtain sensitive information such as passwords and credit card numbers. This method consists of tricking the victim into disclosing this information. For example, a hacker can call the victim and pretend to be a Facebook customer service representative. It will then ask him for his login details in order to “verify his account”. If the victim falls for this ruse, they will unknowingly give their username and password to the hacker.
The brute force technique
The brute force technique is a last resort method that can be used to hack a Messenger account if all other methods have failed. This method consists of trying all possible ways to guess the victim’s password. This method is time consuming and often unsuccessful.
This technique is quite random
Indeed, using brute force, the chances of success are very low, but it is still possible to hack an account using this method.
- First, the hacker creates a list of all possible passwords. This list can be created using common words, names, dates or anything else the victim might use as a password.
- The hacker then uses a program to try all these passwords one by one until he finds the right one.
- Once the right password is found, the hacker will have access to the victim’s Messenger account.
The technique of spy applications
Spyware applications are programs that can be installed on a victim’s smartphone without their knowledge. Once installed, these programs can secretly record everything that happens on the phone, including passwords. The main advantage of this method is that it does not require physical access to the victim’s machine. However, a major drawback is that it is much easier for the victim to detect spyware applications than other types of hacking methods.
mSpy: the most famous spy application
mSpy is a spy application that can be installed on a victim’s smartphone. This program can secretly record everything that happens on the phone, including passwords. mSpy is available for Android and iPhone.
How to prevent your Messenger account from being hacked?
There are several things you can do to prevent your Messenger account from being hacked:
- Use a strong password: A strong password should be at least the following size:
- At least 8 characters
- A mixture of upper and lower case letters
- A mixture of numbers and special characters
- Enable two-factor authentication: Two-factor authentication is a security feature that allows you to add an extra layer of protection to your account. If this feature is enabled, you will need to enter a code that will be sent to your phone each time you attempt to log in. This makes it much more difficult for hackers to access your account.
- Beware of phishing attacks: Phishing attacks are becoming increasingly common. These attacks involve hackers creating fake login pages that look identical to the real ones. If you see a suspicious login page, do not enter your contact information. Instead, report it to Facebook.
- Keep your software up to date: Hackers are constantly finding new ways to exploit software vulnerabilities. That’s why it’s important to keep your software up to date. By doing so, you will make it harder for hackers to take advantage of the software’s weaknesses.
- Use a VPN: A VPN is a virtual private network that encrypts your connection and allows you to browse the internet anonymously. This makes it much more difficult for hackers to track your activity or steal your data.
Messenger account hacking: is it legal?
Hacking into someone’s Messenger account is not legal. If you are caught, you can be fined or even imprisoned. That is why we insist once again that a hack must be done with the consent of the victim. The idea is to demonstrate flaws (this is legally allowed), but not to steal sensitive information.
What should you do if your Messenger account has been hacked?
If your Messenger account has been hacked, you should report it to Facebook immediately. You must also change your password and enable two-factor authentication. Finally, you should scan your computer for malware and viruses.
A few words to conclude
Piracy is a serious problem that can have devastating consequences. If you think your Messenger account has been hacked, change your password immediately and enable two-factor authentication. You should also consider using a VPN to protect your privacy. Finally, make sure you keep your software up to date to prevent hackers from exploiting vulnerabilities.