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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.
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Trustwave also said hackers could easily install keystroke logging software, which records every button pressed, onto computers.
Zbot, Zeus and related programs such as SpyEye attempt to steal financial information by methods including keystroke logging and form grabbing.
In most instances, the crooks used sophisticated keystroke logging Trojan horse programs to steal login credentials from company employees authorized to initiate funds transfers on behalf of the business, the FBI noted.
EncryptStick enables users to securely store and manage their online passwords on the USB flash drive in order to get direct access to password protected sites, such as email and online banking without the fear of keystroke logging or other hacking techniques commonly used to steal credit card and social security numbers.
It enables users to store and manage their online passwords on the USB flash drive in order to get direct access to password protected sites without the fear of keystroke logging or other hacking techniques.
Hackers aside for a moment, Eltima Software offers an over-the-counter, totally legal keystroke logging software package called Power Keylogger.
A password manager is included, and you can use passwords with one-click access that bypasses keystroke logging spyware and other attempts to steal your logins.
When it comes to the pressing problem of controlling the use of privileged accounts on Unix and Linux, a hot potato when it comes to audits, such solutions typically rely on variants of the freeware sudo utility, but do not include features like specific controls on su operations or keystroke logging.
Some of the keystroke logging programmes work independently of word processors while others function within the word processor used.
Recent security vendor reports claim that up to 70 percent of all enterprise computers with Internet access are infected with some kind of spyware, and that keystroke logging variants are becoming commonplace.