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In our last blog, we looked at spyware and how it could sneakily record everything you did on your computer. Today’s we’re looking at keyloggers, a variation of spyware with a very specific way of tracking.

What’s a keylogger?

  • Like spyware, a keylogger is designed to work covertly with malicious intent, but instead of potentially tracking everything, it tracks and logs the keystrokes on your keyboard.
A computer keyboard with a warning cone on it
With a keylogger, simply going about your day could lead to a data breach.

What information is it looking for?

  • A keylogger’s aim is to obtain sensitive information that may be typed into your computer – that’s your credit card information, passwords, and other personal information.
  • Keyloggers can be software that is downloaded without a user’s knowledge but can also be present in the form of a piece of hardware connected to the PC such as a memory stick.

A real-world example:

  • Banks fully understand the severity of keyloggers and the threat they can pose to their clients. Most online banking websites now ask you to only enter certain characters of a password so that in the event of a keylogger working in the background, they will only get 2 or 3 letters.

How can I prevent this?

Worried about protecting yourself, your home, and your business from spyware and other malware? Give us a call on 01553 692727 or email us at [email protected] to see how we can help you!

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