Keystroke loggers  eReport by RichardPresents.com

“Is Your Firewall and Virus
Protection Safe Enough?”

Is A Keystroke Logger
Being Used to Spy On You?


Help, I think someone is spying on us.

This Special e-Report by
http://www.richardpresents.com/
will help you identify spyware
Keyloggers, learn who uses them,
and guide you in their removal.


The Report is excerpted from
the full Firewalls and Virus Protection website at:
http//www.firewalls-and-virus-protection.com

 


                         “What About Keyloggers?”
                              What are Software KeyLoggers?

Software Keyloggers are surveillance programs applied as spyware, adware, or malware. (Malware is Malicious Software). Keyloggers detect, record, and often transmit records of keystrokes made by persons using computers in the workplace, at home, in cyber-cafes (public computer rental environments), possibly even in public libraries and schools.

The legitimacy of their applications depends upon the intent of the individuals who caused them to be implanted on a given computer.

                                      Employers use them

Employers plant them to monitor their employees’ use of company computers on company time, often as a deterrent to loss of production by visits to pornographic websites, unauthorized instant messaging, email joke exchanges, visiting chat rooms, etc. All of these activities have the potential of infecting the Employer’s computer systems with viruses, worms, and malicious trojans which could lead to loss of Confidential Company information.

When Employers create and publish Company Policies regarding unauthorized use of their computers, employees are forewarned that they could suffer undesirable consequences for infractions to these policies, and if they have been advised that they are being monitored, they are probably less inclined to challenge these rules and regulations.

Are keyloggers legitimate? Employers have the right to protect themselves from possible legal problems, loss of production, damaged reputations, complete shutdown of their computer networks, etc. All of these, and more, could happen from an employee’s unauthorized use of Company equipment.

                                      Parental Supervision

Parental Supervision of their children’s web explorations can be enhanced by using keylogging software. Are the children being spied upon? Yes. Should they be aware of the existence of surveillance software on the family computers, or on their own computers? This is a ‘Parental Decision’.

We hear time and time again of the dangers inherent in Chat Rooms, Instant
Messaging, visits to undesirable and ‘X’ rated websites. Keyloggers can provide the tools to help Parents protect and educate their children and keep them out of harm’s way.

Keep in mind that children today are very informed and computer literate! Many begin their computer education before even going to school.

If they wish to participate in the less desirable internet activities, they’ll probably find a way to circumvent parental restrictions, (maybe their friend’s computers don’t have keyoggers, filters, spam blockers, etc.) Trust and mutual Parent/Child respect should also be a part of effective Parental Supervision.

                                         Adware and Malware

Adware and Malware are among the least desirable and most insidious of Spy Ware programs.

They are often implanted without a computer user’s knowledge. They can arrive on your computer from visiting certain websites, downloading pictures, and highly promoted, but tainted software programs, in trojan horses residing in email attachments, on a friend’s floppy disk, an on and on.

Problem is, these spyware programs are usually invisible. Their developers go to great pains to keep you, the user, from detecting them. They don’t show up on the Task Bar, as an icon on your Desktop, in the Start-up list or on your Program list.

The secretive nature of spyware is also built into the Surveillance programs that can be purchased by anyone from dozens of spyware software developers.

                                        Failing relationships

Consider the application of Spyware for monitoring failing relationships. It is used by Spouses, Lovers, and Life Partners to monitor Instant Message logs, Chat Room visits, and email messages. (Even without spyware, many of these records are already hidden in your computer files). Spyware does a better job of recording every keystroke made by a suspected partner. Programs like SpyCop
™ can find and remove these records.

Is it legal? Is it Fair? Many times these answers, and their consequences, are
determined in ensuing Court Room events.

                                              Consequences

There is a Real Danger associated with MalWare and some AdWare. (Some Adware results in advertisers creating more useful websites based on what they learn of our surfing habits). However, our Private Identities and Personal Secrets can be compromised (exposed or made liable to danger, suspicion, or disrepute), violated and dishonored by Malware. Our Financial records, Bank Account numbers and balances, credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, all can be stolen  WITHOUT OUR KNOWLEDGE!

         Is it Legal?
         Of Course Not!

So how do we protect our Personal Identities and Private information from the thieves who perpetrate these crimes?

We need to scour our computers for Spyware by using tried and proven effective spyware removal programs.

(Isn’t it ironic that many of these are developed by the same people that create the commercially available spy and survellience programs? Who better to know how to get rid of the bad stuff?)

                           Detection of Keystroke Logging Spyware

SpyCop
™ is one of the leading commercial computer Monitoring/Surveillance spyware detectors designed to detect Chat Loggers, Email Recorders, Commercial Keyloggers, Password Recorders, Screen Recorders, and related products that could compromise your privacy and lead to Identity Theft.

                         What kinds of computer monitoring spy programs
                                 are being used to check on us today?


There are the basic keyloggers which record  keystrokes for later viewing on the same PC, and then there are the totally insidious types which can record your screen as a slide show, highjack your browser settings, and Email the recording to someone else. Of course, there is everything in between.

                                        Why is this so dangerous?

Anyone who may want to keep an eye on you can easily learn more about you than you would ever want them to know.

Spy software makes it easier for anybody to get your financial information, credit card numbers, and web site passwords!

These spying tools can be either Hardware or Software.

All effective spyware detection software will search your system for these key logging programs and help you remove, quarantine, and stop them from running.

                             What do hardware KeyLoggers look like?
                                     Presented through the Courtesy of SpyCopTM

Hardware Keyloggers are small devices about the size of a AA battery that are plugged in-line with your keyboard in order to record your keystrokes. These devices are generally used by companies to monitor employees or really serious “spies” who want to keep track of what you do on your computer.

Hardware keyloggers are generally advertised as being better than software keyloggers because they are undetectable. This is true for the uniniated; however, after reading this e-Report you should be able to spot a hardware keylogger with ease!

Unfortunately, it is not possible to detect most hardware keyloggers using software. Fortunately, they are easier to spot by simply following your keyboard wire! Because of this simple fact, we have put together this page to allow you to find them yourself.

A hardware KeyLogger is installed between your keyboard and computer, like this:
 

Keystroke logger installed between keyboard and computer

      
    and it could look like this
         Keystroke logger
   Images courtesy
 SpyCop™

                                                                                           
By taking a peek behind your system and following your keyboard cable, you can find out if there is something “odd” inserted between your keyboard and computer.

If you see a device about the size of a AA battery along your keyboard line, it could either be a filter, which is harmless, or a hardware keylogger. Look at the device carefully for connectors which would make it removable. If it appears that the device can be removed from in between the keyboard and computer, chances are that it is a hardware keylogger.

                                          Recommendation

Whichever spyware detection program you select, check the specifications very carefully to be certain that it is designed to detect and remove invisible keylogging software. Now that you know what to look for, you should be able to find and remove any hardware spying device that might be attached to your computer system.

We encourage you to visit our full Firewalls-and virus-protection website to keep up to date on the latest information and tools to help you avoid the agony and despair that can come from your privacy and personal identity being compromised by spyware.

We sincerely hope this report has contributed to maintaining your privacy, Internet Safety and  computer security.

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