If you have been using a computer long enough, you might have come across a number of suggestions like never try to entree your personal or financial information from a public computer or any system that is not yours. One of the reasons for this counsel is the threat of Keylogging where everything you see and type is robotically recorded and sent to a third party without your awareness. This, in turn, provides the attacker with copiously of access to your personal and economic information. In fact, the Keyloggers play a key role in online identity theft.
All You Should Know about Keylogger!
As you can express from the name itself, a Keylogger is nothing but a software (unless it is a hardware keylogger) that monitors, records and sends the data over to a third party. Often, this is done without your awareness leading to data and identity theft. Over a period of time, Keyloggers have grown in functionality and can monitor and record a wide range of your activities that can truly damage you. The list below includes but is not limited to the competences of the most modern Keyloggers.
- Stay unseen to the user so that they cannot view or uninstall it
- Monitor keyboard presses and mouse actions
- Control several system settings without the knowledge of the user (often with admin rights)
- Take control of your microphone and webcam
- Monitor file and folder activities
- Capture login details of email accounts, bank accounts and other online and offline accounts
- Monitor clipboard activities
- Take screenshots of your desktop activity
- Send collected data via FTP, LAN, email, etc…
Security Measures & Tips to be Taken against Keylogging Hacks
To protect yourself from a software keylogger, you can use anti-keylogger software like GhostPress which encodes all your keystrokes. The good things about GhostPress are that it is free, small, and portable which make it a good choice when you want to use a public computer or a system that is not yours.
To start, head over to this website and download the software. Once downloaded, extract the contents of the zip file.
Now, execute the EXE file in the folder. Being a portable application, there is no need for you to install it. Once the application has been launched, it automatically encrypts any and all keystrokes. There is no need for you to jumble with any settings.
If you want to further increase the defense then you can do that by simply selecting “Options” appearing on the left panel and then navigating to the “Security” tab. Here, select the checkbox “Process Protection” and optionally, set the Delay Protection to “Enhanced.” When the Delay Protection option is enabled, all your keystrokes will be randomly delayed for a short time so that the keylogger software cannot detect who you are based on your typing behavior.
If you want to frequently use this software on your machine, then navigate to the “Widget” tab and select the “Start with Windows” checkbox. When enabled, GhostPress automatically launches on system startup eliminating the need to manually launch it every time.
If you want more advanced defense against webcam hijacking, system screenshots, remote access, clipboard hijacking, etc., then you need to look at premium software like Zemana AntiLogger or others.
Although, if the attacker is using a hardware Keylogger which sits between the keyboard and the system, all your keystrokes can still be leaked & hacked. So be extra cautious when you are using public computers; for instance in internet cafes.