A software (and sometimes hardware) module which perform keystroke logging (more often called keylogging or "keyloggers"), which is the action of tracking (or logging) the keys struck on a keyboard, typically in a covert manner so that the person using the keyboard is unaware that their actions are ...

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Prevent keyloggers on Linux?

Are there any mechanisms in the Linux desktop architecture to prevent malicious software keyloggers? What would be an ideal Linux setup to make it very difficult for an attacker to install a keylogger ...
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Why is it considered safe to install something as a non-root user in Linux environments?

We always hear it is safe to run unknown programs as non-root users in Linux because non-root users are sandboxed from the system level and can't change anything out of their permission scope. If ...
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Are keyboard hooks inherently malicious?

My software is using low-level keyboard and mouse Win32 hooks for legitimate reasons (if it's any relevant, it's for determining a change in the caret position of the active code pane in the VBA IDE). ...
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Is it Social Engineering when a keylogger is installed from a compromised account on the domain?

So… this is a matter of definitions. Social Engineering (SE) is referred to as being related to psychological manipulation. The relation to manipulation is also prominent in the description made on ...
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Alternative to Avast Safezone for banking

Apparently low level keyloggers etc can intercept typed details before Safezone keylogging protection kicks in. Would BD Safepay avoid this problem with its enforced virtual keyboard ? Or perhaps ...
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Targeted acoustic keylogging attack prevention

To what level could this be applied to? Could someone record keystrokes on a keyboard and in combination with typing habits start to put together a picture of what the user is typing? If this is ...
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Shared clipboard on Linux without keylogging, etc. vulnerabilities?

X has some serious security problems, not the least of which is that any program using a given display can log keystrokes from any other program on that display. (This can be demonstrated easily using ...
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GUI isolation in X11 when entering Truecrypt password

I have been getting a bit paranoid regarding some of my old TrueCrypt containers. The paranoia has got nothing to do with suspicions regarding TrueCrypt itself (after the shut-down last year), rather ...
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Keylogger web application protection

I'm trying to improve security in a web application. The application has an admin site and keyloggers are a concern that I'm trying to solve. Can the application do something that can prevent ...
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Is making a clean install enough to remove potential malware?

Is formatting the disk and reinstalling the system from scratch (to Ubuntu) enough to remove any potential hidden software spyware, keyloggers etc.? Or can something still persist installed in the ...
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does Avast SafeZone actually make a difference?

SafeZone is a feature in Avast Anti-Virus which is like a virtual machine that only has a web broswer. The benifit of this is that it can't be infected with spyware and isn't suseptible to keylogers. ...
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Malware (adware?) infection on linux

Recently I've get stuck with a malware(adware/virus ?) which I can't remove. here is the condition: I'm using Linux (Archlinux), it's uptodate and I don't install any packages outside standard repos ...
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Keylogger transmitting photos when copy paste

In my work, I do a lot copy paste graphs or photos between folders. Can keyloggers steal these graphs or photos by transmitting them? Thanks.
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How do I know if Google keyboard input is safe for use?

I wanted to send out a message containing some non-Latin characters on my Android phone. When I tried to change the keyboard input method, a warning came out: ATTENTION This input method may be ...
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How to solve race condition in 2-factor authentication solutions like RSA Security tokens or Google Authenticator?

One of the reasons we opt to use 2-factor authentication is to minimize the impact of keyloggers. The theory is that even if an attacker is able to observe the user type in the token numbers, they ...
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Benefits of injecting antivirus inside browser

Some antiviruses propose you to use their browser plug-ins. For instance, Avast SafeZone propose you reactive defend by checking signatures of keylogers/malware/spyware etc. But, what's the benefit ...
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SafeZone: keyloggers/malware/spyware protection

As part of Avast free updates you have a chance to use SafeZone browser. Among features of SafeZone browser I found that SafeZone protects you from keyloggers/malware/spyware. I'm interesting ...
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staying not signed in: is it the safest procedure?

each time I do connect to a private or public network I log into websites by keeping the option "stay signed in" or "keep me signed in" unselected, so I have to re-type my username and passwod as ...
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Can Keyloggers get passwords from Windows 7/8 Logon Screen?

If yes, do you know some examples of Keyloggers capable of perform this? EDIT: I mean when logon in the windows right after power on the PC and/or when locked with Win+L.
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How do hackers deploy keyloggers?

I know the use of keyloggers. What I wish to know is how a hacker can install the keylogger onto the victim's system? If it can be done by XSS then to where this keylogger is actually installed (I ...
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Keystroke logging and virtual machines

I wanted to know if someone can log my keystrokes if i am on a virtual machine. Is it more secure to use a computer or a virtual machine on that computer.
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When paying for something on line, is paying with a checking account less risky than paying with a credit card?

If I purchase something on line and am given the choice to pay with a checking account (also known as a current account) or a credit card, is the risk of my checking account data being stolen and used ...
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What other evidence can I obtain regarding this key-logger?

I have a computer that I know has had spyware installed on it (Perfect Key Logger). I have found the location of the key-logger and the date of creation, which is also I think the date of install. ...
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Is copying & pasting to the clipboard vulnerable to keyloggers? (CTRL+C and CTRL+V) [duplicate]

If I copy a username/password from an email and paste it into an FTP client or an online form in the browser, can keyloggers capture this private information? And does it make any difference whether ...
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Password entry on OS X and keyloggers

There's several places in my ‘personal security infrastructure’ (is there a better phrase for that?) where I find myself typing very important passwords into text-fields on OS X (for instance, ...
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why would keyloggers be used for stealing money less often than banking malware?

I read Kaspersky statistic and I saw this image : Why would keyloggers be used for stealing money less often than banking malware?
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Why don't OS's make keystrokes available to only the current app?

Seems like a relatively obvious way to prevent (software) keylogging would be to force only the current (in-focus) app to be able to receive keystrokes. There could be a way to make explicit ...
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Is it possible for a web page to log your keystrokes?

Is it possible to have a web page in Chrome open, and it can run a web app of sorts on the webpage, and have that web page log your keystrokes?
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School's computers auto-login and can run .exe's

Before this semester, to use any computer across campus, you had to log into Windows with a username and password. This semester, when the computers start up they auto-login to an account (with ...
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Why Antiviruses does not check the library modules of exe to detect hook?

I write a simple keylogger by C# in Windows (using Hook method SetWindowsHookEx). I checked my application with most antivirus and anti-spyware programs, but none detect it. Why don't these antivirus ...
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How safe/secure are banking applications on Android phones?

I have a mobile banking application installed on my phone which allows me to pay for things, transfer money using my phone from my account to another etc. How safe or unsafe is this application? For ...
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What are the advantages of multi-level authentication?

By multi-level authentication, I am referring to the fact that the user makes use of a primary username password keypair to log into his account. Then, to perform some other actions, such as authorize ...
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Can BIOS firmware log keyboard input? If so, is there any way to detect and prevent it?

Recently I purchased a server board made by Lenovo with a "Intel Management Engine" inside BIOS. It is said that it is able to intercept and redirect keyboard input, even if an operating system is ...
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How can a novice find proof of a system compromise?

I am almost certain a colleague has installed a keylogger on my system. I am totally new to IT security, but have substantial linux / windows / programming experience. The system I believe is ...
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How to detect if a system is infected by key logger or not?

Assume that you want to login your Gmail account on your friend's laptop and you are doubt if he installed a keylogger on his computer. How you can be sure if there is any key logger installed or not? ...
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Are there any tools out there that can 'trick' keyloggers?

Are there any tools out there that can 'trick' keyloggers? I was wondering if there's any 'enigma-style' tools available along the lines of providing time-randomised keyboard mappings. For example: ...
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Question regarding keylogger references [closed]

For educational purposes I would like to learn how keyloggers have been made so far... from the simplest to most complex keyloggers. I can't seem to find a book focusing on them, most of the books ...
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GnuPG passphrase entry and X11 sniffing

Each time when I’m entering my passphrase in pinentry-gtk-2, every other X11 app may sniff it, as seen in $ xinput test-xi2 running in the background. What can be done about it? Or do I have to ...
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Are Keystroke and Click Loggers Legal? [closed]

I worked with the firewall "Nobero" which is paid and bit expensive. It is a complete Network Firewall including groups policy, banning URLs and social sites. But It has a feature of tracking users' ...
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If a remote user types in a password in a LogMeIn session, can the controlled computer extract the characters?

Assume I have root/administrator access to a given computer which is currently being controlled via LogMeIn from an outside location. I see a password being typed into a browser (as little black ...
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What else can be done for better security against keylogging softwares? [duplicate]

I've been hearing about keyloggers for the past two years, but never took them seriously. Now, as I've started net banking and managing social networking accounts, I'm very much concerned about ...
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Can serving HTTPS to Internet Explorer on Windows XP be made secure?

Answers to Why is HTTPS not the default protocol? state that a lot of sites still use clear HTTP instead of HTTPS because all of these are true: A substantial number of visitors to the site use ...
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Is drag-and-drop safer than using the clipboard when it comes to protecting sensitive data from keyloggers?

I noticed that multiple password-locker applications recommend that you use the drag-and-drop feature to transfer passwords to login forms instead of copying the passwords to the clipboard or having ...
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What security mechanisms are in place for iOS' custom keyboards?

Apple has just announced iOS 8. The new version appears to be more extensible than previous versions, and one of the new possiblities is to allow developers to develop custom keyboards, different than ...
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Task Manager and Keyloggers

I know that some of the best keyloggers can't be viewed from the Task Manager. Where can one see if such keyloggers are running on the system? Will they be in the Windows Services or are they hidden ...
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How to study the packets sent by a keylogger

One of my friends runescape account got hacked through key-logger. He downloaded a runescape gold generator from a file sharing site and tried to use it. I have a strong doubt that it is a key-logger. ...
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what is the best keylogger for security uses? [closed]

Today we were robbed. A thief come to our home at night and stole some stuff including my brother's laptop. I think that the right thing to do is to download a keylogger on my PC, just in case... I ...
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How do I detect malware on Mac OS X?

I have a computer running OS X, and I want to know if there's malware (e.g. a keylogger, or something that lets an attacker control my computer, or something that stops me from installing whatever I ...
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What security problems does copying .Xauthority to another user present?

If I want to use a GUI application with another user (example: webbrowser), I can copy the .Xauthority file to that given user's home then I can "su - user" and start the GUI app. Question: but what ...
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Is it possible to detect a keylogger, when placed? [duplicate]

Can you detect a keylogger when it is placed? Would it be possible to do that via a keyboard removed event, expecting the keyboard is not removed regularly? So that you for example get a pop-up/alert ...