Keyloggers are special kind of Software/Hardware which records your keystroke and either store or send them to the person who installed them. These Keyloggers generally have background running capacity i.e you don’t even know that you’re spied. Modern Anti-viruses can detect keylogger scripts but when they are “installed”, antivirus cannot detect them. Once they are installed they will start recorded the keystrokes exactly. The data recorded by them is read by many ways. How to stay away from keyloggers? By using a special combination of the key we can open the keylogger and can get data directly from that or they can be programmed to periodically mail the data’s to a particular email address. Keyloggers can be used for conservative purpose too like parental control and employee monitoring, in these cases there are nothing wrong but once it’s installed in some other unauthorized computer its a security breach.
How To Stay Away From Keyloggers
keylogging can be done with hardware too, they are generally connected between keyboard male port and keyboard female port in CPU. It can found in Internet cafe’s and public internet places. It’s mostly not noted because it’s present in the back side of the CPU box. These hardware store keystrokes and the information stored is retrieved when they are inserted into USB and required password matches.
If you use an Internet cafe, before starting the computer, make sure the keyboard port is directly connected. By this, you can make sure you’re free from hardware keylogger.
Mostly software’s are used to log the strokes as they don’t need physical access to a computer. Your computer may be highly protected, but the intruder will install the logger with administrator privilege and make it run background so that it’s untraceable. The following are some safety measures which can help you to stay away from Keyloggers
- Do not open any mail and attachment from an unknown recipient.
- Do not open emails in the Spam folder.
- Use best pop-up blocker in your browser and stay away from pop-ups.
- Have a updated Firewall which will monitor incoming and outgoing packets.
- Always be aware of what process is running in the background (this can be simply seen from Task manager).
- Keep your Anti-virus, Anti-spyware, Malware detector updated and scan periodically.
- Always use Virtual Keyboard when you enter sensitive data.