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I have QWERT keyboard, but I have set the keyboard settings in Windows to DVORAK. So if I type "test" it comes out as "y.oy". Would the key logger log "test" or "y.oy" in its records?

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    It really depends if the logger is designed to hardware-read the input or consider things like regional settings.
    – Overmind
    Feb 5, 2018 at 8:45
  • @Overmind I had a software keylogger in mind. Feb 5, 2018 at 9:25
  • The software key-logger can be designed both ways: it can ignore or not the regional and KB settings.
    – Overmind
    Feb 5, 2018 at 9:47
  • Which is more likely (direct, with regional): 40/50, 50/50, 60/40 ? Feb 5, 2018 at 9:49
  • I've put that into an answer.
    – Overmind
    Feb 7, 2018 at 11:17

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Ignoring the direct hardware reading (via driver privileges), a software key-logger can be designed both ways: it can ignore or not the regional and KB settings.

It's more likely (about 4:1) that a software will consider the current regional settings in all aspects related to that. Statistically, that's what I determined. I do prefer to ignore those settings, but most programs (including many banking ones) don't. Apparently It's easier to read and use the regional settings.

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Ultimately ... It wouldn't matter

at best this key substitution would equiv to a Caesar cipher ... which can be easily broken.

Qwerty

The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog

Dvorak

Yd. 'gcjt xpr,b urq hgml.e rk.p yd. na;f eri

online translator

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    I think it's a Simple Substitution cipher rather than a Caesar cipher. Caesar cipher is a +/- positional shift that is the same for every letter. QWERTY > DVORAK is more akin to a per-character substitution cipher where each character on the keyboard has a 1 to 1 replacement with another key. Feb 7, 2018 at 15:28

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