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keystroke logger

A program or hardware device that captures every key depression on the computer. Also known as "Keystroke Cops," they are used to monitor an employee's activities by recording every keystroke the user makes, including typos, backspacing and retyping.

A software-based keystroke logger can also be a Trojan that was installed clandestinely with the intent to steal passwords and confidential information. See snoopware and Trojan.


The KeyGhost Keystroke Logger
This unassuming device is attached between the keyboard cable and the socket on the back of the computer. It captures 500,000 bytes of whatever comes across the wire and requires no software on the computer it is monitoring. The contents are retrieved when connected to another computer. (Image courtesy of KeyGhost Ltd., www.keyghost.com)
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Keystroke logging tells a hacker what buttons on a keyboard their intended victim is pressing.
Particular emphasis is placed on keystroke logging, and as such, the paper also reviews several considerations that researchers must address when trying to use keystroke loggers to collect process data from participants via the Internet.
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Take it with you - automatically login to sites from any computer without installing or typing (prevents keystroke logging software from acquiring confidential passwords or credit card numbers)
These scams mainly involve phishing where customers are duped into disclosing personal security information, as well as Trojans that capture security credentials through keystroke logging.
These scams mainly involve phishing, where customers are duped into disclosing personal security information, as well as Trojans that capture security credentials through keystroke logging
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It also blows the whistle on keystroke logging programs, which record what you type.
Norton Anti Virus 2004 provides core protection for small businesses against emerging non-virus threats, such as spyware and keystroke logging programs.
TaskGuard 2000 comes with a host of options from which the user can choose depending on the depth of monitoring or protection desired, including keystroke logging, password protection, stealth mode, and exclusion of specific applications or networked computers from being monitored at all.
During the 14-day study period, participants will be provided with a free copy of the specially developed Wordwatcher system, which uses keystroke logging techniques to record everything a child types in.