What is a Keylogger?
Of all the endless cybercrime attacks that happen on the Internet, Keylogging is the most prevalent. Some of you might already be familiar with this term, but for those who are not, Keylogging involves keeping a record of keyboard strokes and recording every single button press on the keyboard. This is performed with the help of “Keylogger” which is a special malware designed to record and spy on a user’s keyboard inputs. A keylogger can record instant messages, e-mail, login information and passwords etc. that you enter onscreen using your keyboard. Some keylogger programs will also record e-mail addresses you use and Web site URL’s you visit.
Broadly, Keyloggers can be categorized as follows-
- Hardware Keylogger: A Physical device attached to keyboard for tracking down keyboard strokes.
- Software Keylogger: A malicious software program which runs on system to record the activities performed on keyboards.
What are Potential Keyloggers?
When we say potential, this doesn’t just include the hackers who are trying to spy on your activities and gain sensitive data. Sometimes you might be targeted by various other ‘potential’ Keyloggers who want to keep track of your activities for various other reasons. Listed below are few of such ‘Potential Keyloggers’ who could also try to spy on your activities.
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- Corporate Organizations – To track down illegal employee activities and take necessary action.
- Spouse – Several cases of keylogging were also related to married couples trying to spy on each other’s activities.
- Parental Control Alert – To keep a hold over their teenage children and the content they view on the internet.
- Law Enforcement Agencies – To spy on the activities of a suspect in a criminal activity.
- And well, Hackers of course – To seize your personal bank details.
You might be their next victim!
Most of us use the Internet to execute our financial transactions, we enter a lot of personal and confidential information, witty hackers keep an eye on this and spontaneously take advantage of this practice. Once a cyber-stalker gets a hold over the confidential user data, he/she can easily transfer money from the user’s account or expose your personal life on social media.
So before you become their next victim here are a few steps to be kept in mind.
How to Safeguard Yourself from Keyloggers?
To avoid the threat of identity theft you can also follow these tips to keep internet stalkers at bay.
- Use an All-inclusive Anti-Virus Security System to protect your digital devices.
- Install anti-spyware programs to protect your system.
- Use On-screen keyboard to enter sensitive information such as bank passwords etc.
- Switch to limited user mode and restrict admin access while sharing your PC.
- Keep changing web browsers frequently and delete history.
- Install a Password manager to avoid typing confidential information when using online banking.
- Install a Firewall to protect your system from malicious virus attacks and other malware.
- Change your passwords frequently.
Stay technically aware to protect yourself from any potential cyber-crime threats and be miles ahead from the vicious Keylogging attacks. We hope this article helped you understand the dangers of keylogging activities on your system. Please provide your feedback and suggestions in the comments section below.