What is Keylogger

Aug 17, 2016 | 12:02 pm

Published by | Chandan Singh


What is Keylogger

Keylogger is a software program or hardware device that can be used to monitor and log each of the keys, user types into a computer keyboard. The attacker who has installed this program or hardware device is able to view all secrets key. Because these programs and hardware devices capture the keys typed by user which help them to easily find the users passwords and other information without the knowledge of user. Keyloggers, act as a surveillance tool, and are often used by employers to ensure employees use work computer systems for business purposes only and no business related information is given to outsiders. keyloggers can be inserted in spyware allowing user information to be sent to an unknown third party.

About Keylogger

A keylogger normally contains two files: a DLL which does all the work and an EXE which loads the DLL and sets the hook. For that reason when you deploy the hooker over a system, two such files must be present in the same directory.

Features of Keyloggers

  • Invisible in process list
  • Easy setup and uninstall wizard
  • supports for Windows (R) 95/98/ME and Windows (R) NT/2000/XP/VISTA/Windows 7/8/10
  • Text and HTML file export
  • Keystroke/password logging
  • File/Folder create/open/delete/rename capture
  • Virtual Keyboard supports
  • Automatic Email log delivery
  • Browser URL logger
  • Mouse Activities

Safety tips to prevent Keyloggers:

  • Use Firewall

Firewall is a defense against keylogger, because it will monitor your computer’s activity. Firewall detecting send and receive data of your computer. Firewall ask every time for permission to send or receive data through internet or display warning.

  • Install Password Manager Software

Main Disadvantage of keylogger is that it captures user password. So just install good password manager software, due to this software password field will automatically fill with your password.

  • Change your password frequently 

Most of users do not change the password time to time, or using same password for all accounts. So use strong password and change password frequently.

  • Monitor Login Activity

If you suspect that your account was hacked, and done anonymous activity in your account, then review your login activity, if you find suspected activity then logout your account from everywhere and change the password.

  • Do not click unknown web link or download without verification

Attacker can send key-logger files with bind some other file. So make sure before the download any software or click on any web link.

  • Use One Time Password
  • Use On-Screen Keyboards While typing sensitive Information