"What About Keyloggers?"
They're just one of the many types of computerin
Why are keyloggers 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, without you knowing it.
Keystroke loggers can store everything you type.
All of your keystrokes are recorded when you log on to your computer and
are hidden in encrypted files on your machine. Actually, everything you type,
your usernames, passwords, documents, etc, are collected and available for
review by someone at a later time.
These spying tools can be
Hardware Keyloggers or Software
Just like so many other types of spyware, you can't easily detect the presence
of a keylogger.
What are hardware KeyLoggers?
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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
Hardware keyloggers are generally advertised as being better
than software keyloggers because they are undetectable. This
is true for the uneducated; however after reading this page you
should be able to spot an
external hardware keylogger with ease!
Unfortunately, it is not possible
to detect most hardware keyloggers using software. However,
they are usually easy to spot by simply following your keyboard
A hardware KeyLogger is
installed between your keyboard and computer, like this:
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.
One of the most popular hardware
keyloggers is KeyGhost (www.keyghost.com). You can visit that site
for more information on hardware keyloggers and why they are such an
intrusion into your privacy. Here is a representation of what
a hardware keylogger may actually look like installed:
Depending on the brand of
keylogger, it may differ from the above photo. 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
There are keylogger manufacturers who now build
keyboards with keyloggers hidden inside!
They are virtually impossible for a computer user to detect, and
there's no available software that will find them. These keystroke
loggers have memory chips that can capture up to a year's worth of
your computer activity.
In any form, keystroke loggers are an invasion of our privacy and
stand on questionable legal grounds. But like viruses, worms, trojan
horses and other spyware, that doesn't stop their manufacture and
What are Software
About Them Here
What are they and who uses them?
How to find and disable them
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