keylogger

What is a keystroke monitor?

A keystroke monitor (keystroke logger, keylogger) is a type of crimeware (malware) that monitors every stroke you type on the keyboard. It analyzes your keystrokes to gather information used for identity theft, including account logins and passwords, which it sends to the hacker who installed it. One way crimeware gets onto PCs or even mobile phones is by phishing - legitimate seeming e-mails that contain an attachment that is infected with a keystroke monitor. If you click on the attachment, the keystroke monitor installs itself without your knowledge.

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How can I protect myself against a keystroke monitor or keylogger?

A keylogger or keystroke monitor is a type of spyware that monitors every stroke you type on the keyboard and gathers information used for identity theft, including account logins and passwords, which it sends to the hacker who put it there. Sometimes keyloggers get installed along with something else you are getting for "free" on the Web, or often from clicking on an infected attachment in a phishing e-mail. There are other ways too.

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New Facebook malware promises to reveal identities

Warnings have been made about a new Facebook attack that promises to display hidden messages.

An application on the social networking site named ‘Honesty Box' allows users to send and receive "anonymous messages and discover what people really think of you" with all of the users' friends and network members allowed to write in it.

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Exploitation of online banking credentials on the rise

Within the last several months, the FBI has seen a significant increase in fraud involving the exploitation of valid online banking credentials belonging to small and medium sized businesses. In a typical scenario, the attack vector is a "spear phishing" e-mail which contains either an infected file or a link to an infectious Web site. The e-mail recipient is generally a person within a company who can initiate funds transfers on behalf of the business, or a credential account holder (treasury management platforms typically support both wires and Automated Clearing House (ACH) transfers).
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What is a keylogger and how can I protect myself against them?

A keylogger or keystroke logger, is a type of spyware that monitors every stroke you type on the keyboard and gathers information used for identity theft, including account logins and passwords, which it sends to the hacker who put it there. Sometimes keyloggers get installed along with something else you are getting for "free" on the Web, but there are other ways too. See, "How do spyware and malware get onto my PC?" for more information on that.
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What is a keystroke monitor or keylogger?

A keystroke monitor (keystroke logger, keylogger) is a type of malware that monitors every stroke you type on the keyboard. It analyzes your keystrokes to gather information used for identity theft, including account logins and passwords, which it sends to the hacker.


Basic ways to protect yourself is to make sure your anti-virus program has firewalls, spam blockers and intrusion prevention to plugs holes left by software vulnerabilities.
Also remember to update your programs and install software patches as soon as they are made available.

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