How can I hack someone or something?

Computer hackerBecause of how often this question is asked, we have decided to create a document for this question. If you are interested in hacking or want to hack someone or something for revenge, payback or to gain access to information, we suggest you reconsider.

Note: Computer Hope will not provide information or training on how to hack. This page will provide alternative options to hacking only. If you choose to learn about hacking, an option is to take a training course on ethical hacking, for which you may be able to get a job with a company.

Hacking or breaking into a computer to view or steal protected information is not going to resolve anything and is only going to cause further issues, such as being fined or sent to prison.

If you are interested in hacking and computer security instead of trying to do anything illegal, consider learning an alternative operating system such as Linux, setup computer networks, read security bulletins, read security news, read security advisories, and learn a programming language. If you continue to have the urge to try your hands at hacking after setting up your own network, you can experiment with hacking by trying to gain access to other computers on your network without having to fear getting in trouble with law enforcement.

Doing any of the above recommendations can give you a much better understanding of computers and security and give you a much better chance at landing a job with any computer or security related company.

Below are additional questions and answers that relate to this same subject.

If I hack a large company, wouldn't I become famous?

While it is true that some hackers such as Kevin Mitnick and John Draper (aka Cap'n Crunch) have gained notoriety from hacking, phreaking, and cracking in the past, most hackers are never famous and if they are mentioned in the press or on the TV, it is likely because they are in court or going to prison.

I need to hack my IM, e-mail, router, or computer since I lost my password.

Apart from the solutions already listed on Computer Hope for retrieving or bypassing BIOS passwords, operating system passwords, and some application passwords, we do not assist users in breaking passwords.

Note: Online e-mail services such as Microsoft Hotmail, Gmail, and Yahoo have password recovery systems already setup. Often, passwords can be reset or sent to you by answering a secret question or providing the e-mail address used to register the service. If you are unable to recover your password using the services provided by the company, contact the company with additional suggestions, or consider abandoning the e-mail address.

I need to hack someone because they hacked, spammed, or scammed me.

If someone is causing you grief or causing you or your computer intentional harm, you should report the abuse to the company handling the person's Internet connection or e-mail service. Attempting to hack the person or cause them grief is likely only going to escalate your problems.

I need to hack my spouse's computer to make sure they are not cheating.

Relationships are built on trust and communication. If you believe your spouse or partner is cheating on you, confront him or her regarding the issue. Attempting to hack or spy on your partner is only going to lose their trust and cause a broken relationship, especially if they were not cheating.

Finally, even though you may be spying or hacking a spouse, it is still considered illegal and if caught by your spouse or someone else, you could be convicted of a crime.

I want to learn to hack so I can know more about the computer.

You do not need to learn to be a hacker in order to learn more about the computer. If you are curious or want to learn more about computers, networks, and security, there are plenty of resources available online and in books that can teach you everything you would ever want to know about computers.

I need to hack a computer so I can gain access to something I cannot access.

If you are blocked from particular sites or services on the Internet, it is probably for a good reason. Attempting to break or bypass those protective measures is only going to cause you additional trouble when caught. If you believe you are blocked or banned for the wrong reasons, contact the company or administrator in charge and plead your case. Computer Hope does not help bypass security measures or any blocked access.

Can't I make money from hacking?

Some hackers have been able to scam people and companies out of money. However, when caught (and you'll eventually get caught), you'll end up owing more than you'll ever make. You'd be a lot more successful and earn a lot more money in learning a computer skill such as computer programming, web development, or becoming a white hat than you would with hacking.