Keyloggers are surveillance tools often used by employers and parents alike to ensure that work computers are being used for work purposes only and to monitor their children's computer activity, respectively.
But keyloggers have a dark side, as well. For years, criminals have been using the technology in attempts to siphon sensitive data, such as passwords, from their victims. Here is what you should do to make it difficult for hackers to log your keystrokes.
One of the most notorious spyware/malware targets is your keyboard – keylogger software has been around for ages. The longtime favorite of electronic crooks, keyloggers are made even easier for bad guys to distribute and for you to accidentally come in contact with by modern security breaches. The keylogger does just what it sounds like – it logs every key that you type, and then sends a log of all the keystrokes back to the attacker. How many passwords, account numbers and other sensitive data do you type on a daily basis? These are all valuable on the black market.
Luckily, there’s an easy way you can make sure sensitive passwords and data are safe from these keystroke-stealing criminals – use an on-screen keyboard when typing in sensitive passwords, social security numbers or other data. Your computer will see the on-screen keyboard taps as mouse-clicks instead of keyboard input. Banks are making on-screen keyboards more accessible to their clients on a daily basis because of the added security over traditional keypads and keyboards. This simple change in habit could prevent complex problems in the future.