Instagram for Investigators

Instagram has roughly one billion users worldwide! In this course, participants will develop competencies around searching Instagram effectively by exploiting public information and having the ability to “deep dive” into user data. 


Who should take this course? 

  • This course is for those in investigative roles such as analysts and researchers.

When Offered

  • Online
  • Course length: 4 weeks / 25 hours


Much of the information found on Instagram allows us to branch off onto other important social media websites.

Course Goals 

Upon the successful completion of this program, students will be able to competently find various information gathering points on Instagram. 

By learning to properly use Instagram, and all of its features, the student will be able to gather information on:

  • Their subject (and possibly locate other subjects),
  • Their witness (and possibly locate other witnesses),
  • Their victim (and possibly locate other victims),
  • The crime itself (video and images),
  • Monitor events.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Demonstrate, through exploiting Instagram’s search, how to conduct an investigation on an individual, group or event;
  • Demonstrate how to exploit the search features of Instagram;
  • Set up "sock puppets" and why it's important to follow certain protocols;
  • State the importance of how to capture online information;

Students will require the following:

  • Laptop or desktop computer
  • Reliable internet connection
  • Unrestricted Internet access to websites and ability to download software
  • Instagram profile

Course Evaluation

  • Specific course evaluation information will be provided by the instructor at the start of the course.
  • Most courses have short quizzes at the end of each unit.
  • Typically, most of the courses are either a P/F or require the student to finish the course with a 70% average.

Why is this course different from other Instagram courses?

  • Ritu has recent and relevant investigative knowledge and experience and provides practical tips and tricks for Instagram investigations.
  • Ritu also offers a unique perspective on issues that affect Canadian investigators. 


Course Content

Module 1 Instagram
Unit 1 Copyright Notice  
Unit 2 Welcome to Instagram  
Unit 3 Instagram for OSINT Purposes  
Unit 4 Research Accounts  
Unit 5 Finding the User ID  
Unit 6 Search Strategies using Names, Hashtags, Locations, and Emojis  
Unit 7 Pivot Points/Reviewing Profiles  
Unit 8 Google Search for Instagram Content  
Unit 9 Following and Followers List  
Unit 10 Private Accounts  
Unit 11 Saving Content: Photos, Videos, Stories, Reels, Highlights  
Unit 12 Instagram Map - Location Search via Mobile App  
Unit 13 Instahunt  
Unit 14 Forgot Password Technique  
Unit 15 Third Party Tools  
Unit 16 Legality, Morals and Ethics  
Unit 17 Legal Application  
Unit 18 Course Survey