Guard Yourself Against Keyloggers
The keylogger program runs in the background of your computer secretly monitoring and recording all your keystrokes. Your keystrokes are logged and hidden inside the hard drive for the attacker to retrieve. Some legitimate programs use keyloggers to call certain program functions using toggle keyboard functions and hotkeys. While other legitimate programs allow business owner’s to monitor their employees during the day. But most legitimate keylogging software is used to steal confidential user information, passwords, emails, gaming accounts, and espionage.
Why Keylogger Programs Are A Threat To You?
Keylogger programs are unlike other types of virus, malware, and Trojans. They don’t pose any threats to your computer. Nevertheless, they pose serious threats to you by stealing your passwords, PIN codes, and other confidential information. The cyber criminals transfer money from your accounts, access your emails, find your usernames, passwords, account numbers to your e-payment accounts, and your online gaming accounts. Some cyber criminals use keyloggers for industrial and political espionage to access proprietary commercial information, steal private encryption keys, and classified government material.
How Do Keylogger Programs Spread?
Keylogger programs spread the same as viruses, Trojans, and malicious programs. Another way a keylogger spreads is when installed on your computer by a security service, the owner of a company, or jealous spouse. The most common ways a keylogger spreads:
- Keylogger are installed inside some email attachments and when opened installs on your computer.
- Inside an open-access directory on a P2P network, after opening the file the program installs on your computer.
- Through vulnerable web page scripts the cyber criminals exploit the browser vulnerability and when you open the web page it automatically installs the keylogger on your computer.
- Certain malicious programs on your computer are capable of downloading and installing other malicious software.
How You Can Protect Yourself Against Keylogger Programs?
Install an antivirus program on your computer that detects keyloggers and other malicious programs. Keep the database up to date and schedule regular scans on your computer. Furthermore, use one-time passwords on your accounts or use the two-step authentication for your accounts. Use a proactive protection system that detects keylogging software. Finally, a virtual keyboard protects your confidential data, passwords, and PIN codes.