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July 26, 2017

Keyloggers – Watching everything you type

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Keyloggers are programs or devices that record every keystroke you make. It can be used on anyone to watch and record everything they type on their PC.
It is arguably the most dangerous tool in any cybercriminals arsenal. Used to obtain logins, passwords, emails, credit card numbers, banking information, and other sensitive data.

Keyloggers have been promoted to parents and guardians to help in an effort to monitor their children’s whereabouts on the internet. However, keyloggers are considered a form of spyware. They can pull saved passwords, track websites you visit, and also pull information from your autocomplete lists.

There are 3 types of Keyloggers

Hardware

– These are small devices that are connected between a pc and the input device, usually a computer.

Software (using hooking)

– This method takes advantage of a windows function that monitors all keystrokes and can pull autocomplete passwords and data. Keyloggers of this type will often come packaged with other executables and .dlls’

Kernel/Driver

– This method places the keylogger at the kernel level and receives data directly from the input device. The keylogger will replace the core software for interpreting keystrokes. This also allows the keylogger to become undetectable since it can start during the boot phase before any of the user processes have started. However, this type can’t pull autocomplete data.

Avoiding Keyloggers

In addition, there are various ways your PC can become infected. Cybercriminals often use trojan viruses to install keyloggers onto your systems. You can also inadvertently get them by click on links, through email attachments, or by downloading them from infected websites.

So, if you want to avoid them keep your system and all its programs up to date. Learn to recognize phishing emails and other scams. Don’t click on links from unknown or untrustworthy senders or emails. Always be careful when surfing the web.