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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How can I avoid my password being harvested by key loggers from internet cafes?

During traveling, especially in poor countries, sometimes you are going to need to use the internet at an internet cafe and you really can't be sure whether anyone has installed anything to listen to ...
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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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Can I determine if my computer has a key logger installed?

A friend of mine just started a job at a security sensitive company. They've provided him with a laptop with Windows XP Professional installed. He's heard a rumor from other employees that the laptops ...
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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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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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Does overlaying the mouse on a virtual numeric keyboard really protect against keyloggers?

I just saw for the first time a new way to enter a password, at the Banque Postale (French Bank). You are given a virtual numeric keyboard and to type you can just leave the mouse cursor over a number ...
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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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How easily are keyloggers foiled?

I was wondering exactly how powerful can keyloggers be? For example someone wanted to access his bank account (which of course is through HTTPS), he will "enter" his password using a combination of ...
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Defence Against Keyboard Keylogger

I am wondering whether there is a way to defend against USB Keyboard Keylogger (obviously other than physically checking the keyboard every time after leaving my computer unattended). These days, ...
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Keyboard firmware hack - Linux vulnerable?

I see that Apple patched OS X to mitigate against K. Chen's famous Apple keyboard firmware hack. However: Apple keyboards can be used with computers running other operating systems; and in any ...
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How secure is “Secure Keyboard Entry” in Mac OS X's Terminal?

I've been using Terminal under Mac OS X for years but somehow missed to spot this feature: I'm now wondering how does this actually work, and is it 100% safe? If it isn't, what technique could be ...
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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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How is something as simple as a keylogger detected on a computer?

I found one online, which I wanted to try out at my house and see if it actually worked. It's written in C, and it is not very big at all considering half of it is just a bunch of cases for which key ...
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Keyloggers on Smartphones?

I need to clarify my question. I'm wondering if there are any apps for smartphone that can log each 'keystroke' (i.e. key pressed on touchscreen) that a user does. Performing a google search brings up ...
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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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Keyboards immune to signal monitoring?

Reading a couple questions and answers here recently got me to thinking. Wireless keyboards run the inherent risk of exposing their data due to the relatively broad transmission range, and the ease ...
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Can I protect against keylogging by using the mouse? [duplicate]

Can I protect against keylogging by using the mouse? For example, to enter the password hunter2, I might do the following: type ttter2 select the first tt and press ← Backspace type hun To a ...
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Profiling hackers with keystroke dynamics

I am writing a research paper on tracking hackers and how to include keystroke timings to create a profile of hackers. I want to combine the keystroke timings that I capture in ttylog with other data ...
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How to test if a browser add-on is safe

I came across this plug-in that started some alarm bells ringing. The add-on would help submit a website to web directories. The first 100 submissions are free, then you need to pay $20 via pay-pal ...
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My bank makes me enter my password using the mouse. What's up with that?

Internet banking login process for Westpac requires user to enter the password using the mouse. It's annoying, what's up with that? Is it just to try and stop keyloggers on public computers or is ...
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Reading keystrokes of other applications

Is it possible for other application running in the OS to read the keystrokes that my application uses? What about mouse events and window handles? Is there any security wall that the OS uses to ...
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Recommend Keylogger for Ubuntu?

I purchased a new laptop recently, and I'm working on hardening it. Specifically, I'm interested in increasing my chances of recovering the machine in the event that it's ever stolen. The system ...
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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 do I report a vulnerability to a large organization that doesn't believe it has a problem?

This issue is more political than technical. The organization has a lot of computers that connect via web browser to a central database. Customers are regularly left unattended with physical access ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Keyboard sniffing through audio recorded typing patterns

I've been thinking about this for a while; I know people are aware of wireless wiretapping of keyboards. However, has there been research on how to wiretap keyboards based on typing patterns? I'm ...
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Iframe javascript Keylogger

Is it possible for a website to have a javascript keylogger and also contain an iframe that goes to a "client" site. Can the the JS log all key strokes done on the client site? Can the (host) iframe ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Statistics on purposes of viruses/malware

Are there any resources that analyze the purpose or goal or the major viruses/malware out in the wild today? For example, what percentage are used to construct botnets (for DDoS or something else)? ...
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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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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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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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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 to keep Mac secure from viruses, malware and keyloggers?

How can I download and install software and make sure that it is not infected with viruses, malware or a keylogger? Also, I heard that Macs "don't get viruses". Is this true? Is it a good practice to ...
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Are more passwords breached via dictionary/bf attacks or via packet-sniffers/key-loggers?

This question has always intrigued me whenever the subject of passwords is brought up. Does anyone have direct experience or a reputable source to answer what percentage of password breaches are ...
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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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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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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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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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Keystrokes to text converter method? (from an audio file, from previously recorded sounds of keystrokes)

I have an e.g.: WAV file that contains the sounds of a man typing on his keyboard (English or any language) How can I convert this WAV file to a TXT file? I mean are there any scripts/programs that ...
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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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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 ...