Questions tagged [keyloggers]

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 being monitored. There are numerous keylogging methods, ranging from hardware and software-based approaches to electromagnetic and acoustic analysis.

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How do keyloggers tell it's a password? (And how to fool them.)

This question also applies to clipboard monitoring. Imagine you are planning to deploy 100,000 copies of a Windows trojan with keylogger functionality. (For the record, I'm not talking about myself ...
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Will antivirus detect all keyloggers?

Our company schedules Security Training courses for our personnel. In order for us to test them, we develop code such as keyloggers which we email to our personnel to detect stupid personnel, and of ...
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Are Configurable Keyboards a Security Risk (in your network)?

I purchased my first mechanical keyboard (Razer Black Widow Elite) and then quickly noticed that all the configuration of the keyboard MUST be done using the manufacturer cloud web app. There was not ...
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How secure is a Mac if it passes Apple Diagnostics?

Recently I brought my MacBook Air to a Genius Bar to perform a clean MacOS installation. For security purposes, I asked for a hardware check as well. The Genius Bar technician ran Apple Diagnostics, ...
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How effective is Windows Task Manager at identifying keyloggers?

I just hit upon an idea I have used in the past to distinguish between two instances of the same program, one of which was hung. While Task Manager is open and visible and sorted by CPU usage, I pick ...
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Can a wifi usb adapter double as a keylogger?

I've read that there are keylogger hardware and thought that usb wifi adapter are hardwares and wondered if they can be hacked to work as a keylogger. I'm just worried that my usb wifi adapter might ...
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JS keylogger listening to what is being typed in an iframe?

Having discovered the X-Frame-Options sameorigin that stops a website from being shown in a iframe, I am trying to understand how far not having this header can go. What I am not sure about is if it'...
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Protect LUKS encrypted HDD against boot sector key stealing attack

I have HDD with GPT, 1 MiB BIOS boot partition and LUKS encrypted volume group with data. When I boot the computer, GRUB asks for passphrase. However, I want to run some untrusted application which ...
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iCloud Security Concern: browser session authentication storage after 2-factor?

Does anyone know how Safari or Chrome stores a www.icloud.com session authentication after logging in and passing 2-factor authentication? Is it stored in an encrypted cookie? My concern is, if ...
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Why it is difficult to write an application to protect 100% against keyloggers?

When you press keystrokes, I suppose you can intercept in low level code all applications that listen and record. Why it cannot be designed a software that protects 100% against keyloggers, simply ...
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Possible to control desktop data activity LED on Windows or Linux for data extraction? [closed]

I am trying to extract data from an air-gapped computer as a project. I already have a working prototype using high frequency sound and a key-logger. I would like to find another way to do it without ...
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Does Apple supply hardware keyloggers? [closed]

I received a brand new Mac laptop for work that is basically ours and doesn’t have to be returned, even after quitting. It was inside the box and sealed. I was wondering if Apple supplies and installs ...
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Where would I go to use a reliably secure encrypted internet connection?

Lately, I’ve been paying $100 a month for Fios. I’m thinking of canceling this service because I rarely use my internet at home, since I’m at school most of the time and my college offers internet (...
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Is the data between a keyboard and a web browser secure from local computer applications?

My question is about the text that I type on a keyboard while in a web browser. I understand that if the website has HTTPS the connection from my browser to the website is secure/encrypted, but what ...
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Are virtual keyboards not necessary anymore to protect against keyloggers?

My bank has issued a new version of their online banking site. This new version has no virtual keyboard to enter the PIN. I asked them how are they protecting me against keyloggers but I didn't ...
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Isn't Autohotkey effectively a keyspectator should I feel safe that I'm allowing this program to watch my keystrokes

Recently I started using Autohotkey just to automate some abbreviations so it's a hotstring e.g ::btw::by the way Replaces "btw" with "by the way" as soon as you press an default ending ...
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How to be safe from browser-based key loggers?

A browser-based keylogger usually comes in the form of a browser extension. It logs any or specific data entered anywhere in the browser. The problem is that they do not get caught by the system's ...
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How can I tell if a keyboard for android is safe?

Background: I am a normal smart phone user, with no experience in information security. I want to download a new keyboard for my Android 6 phone off Google Play, as my current keyboard is not great. I ...
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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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Keyboard entry obfuscation to defy keyloggers?

Do you know of any existing mechanisms for keyboard-entry-obfuscation to defy keyloggers? And if that exists does software such as (and in particular) VeraCrypt feature these? If such mechanisms don'...
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How can I detect possible spyware/keyloggers in my computer? [closed]

The reason is because of a recent data leak. I suspected that someone may have inserted keylogger to my computer. (a software, trojan). Some people think that the only way to really make sure there ...
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Could a hardware keylogger be installed in a laptop keyboard replacement?

I recently purchased a keyboard replacement for my laptop, manufactured out of country. Is it theoretically possible for a hardware keylogger to be installed? If so, would it be possible to transmit ...
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Are auto-type features of password managers actually effective against keyloggers?

Of course if you think of a "keylogger" as a program that can only read keystrokes, then copy-pasting on the clipboard is going to be enough. But we know that keyloggers are not really only "logging ...
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How to check if my PC's HTTPS/TLS connection is monitored or a key-logger is installed? [duplicate]

A few days ago, in the office, we were asked by our bosses to install a program. This was supposed to be an Antivirus program. But after installing this program many of our colleagues have been ...
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Apple iPhone Security

How difficult it would be to install an application that could record users keystrokes on an Apple device, for example, an iPhone X, and send it online without the knowledge of the user.
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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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What data is bitmoji keyboard collecting about me?

Bitmoji is a virtual keyboard for iOS and Android to create personalized emojis (very paraphrased). I've found a few blogs looking at the permissions it requests and the privacy policy that it shares ...
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Refurbished laptop computer - any advice?

I just recently bought a refurbished laptop. I have seen stories of refurbished phones being sold with spyware, trojans etc installed on them. My question is, what steps should I take (outside of ...
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How to analyze malware to find out where keylogger sent data?

Recently my antivirus detected some keyloggers that infected my network. I have those malware files and I want to analyze them. How can I do this analysis? It is important to find out details like ...
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How can I check if my second hand Apple wireless keyboard contains a keylogger?

I just got a cheap second-hand magic keyboard (Apple). Is there any way to check if it's been key logged? I cannot see any screws or openings other than the one for the battery pack.
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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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Need Security advice on virtualization and windows security

I have a little doubt about the security of my virtual machine and Windows. Can anyone please point me in right direction? Below is my what, how and why I made my virtual machine. Let me tell you ...
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Do pre-boot software keyloggers exist?

Let's sat for example that I have a laptop with just one hard drive running Windows 10. The Laptop's C:\ (boot) drive is encrypted using Bitlocker, and it set up to ask for a PIN on start to decrypt ...
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Healthcare company uses keyloggers for security purposes. Is this normal?

I just attended a recruitment session for a major healthcare provider in the United States. The presenter, a high-ranking member of one of their IT divisions (not security specifically) mentioned that ...
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does karabiner elements on Mac OSX contain or potentially contain malware?

I'm using Karabiner elements, an open-source program to remap the keys on my macbook air (running the latest Mac OSX High Sierra) and my apple wireless keyboard. It works very nicely. However, I am ...
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Teamviewer logging remote keystroke events

I'm connecting to a remote machine via Teamviewer, let's assume it's trusted. Is it possible for a MITM or virus on my local (client) machine to detect keys I enter using my remote machine's on-...
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Is it risky to use an untrusted keyboard?

Suppose you're buying a new keyboard (say USB-wired, but consider Bluetooth connected as well) from Ebay. Is it risky to use that keyboard in a sense that it could be more than just a keyboard? ...
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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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Would using a QWERTY keyboard with DVORAK output cause keylogger to log DVORAK?

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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Generating a secret on a compromised computer

Suppose we are on a compromised computer (for example infested with trojans logging key presses or taking screenshots) and for some reason we have to generate a number that's supposed to be secret for ...
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Protecting against specialized Keepass attacks

If you look at the KeePass security information, it says: However in all the questions above we're assuming that there's a spyware program running on the system that's specialized on attacking ...
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Keyboard vs clipboard password manager threat models

A password manager (like KeePass) offers you the option to copy and paste your password (the clipboard is cleared after pasting/timeout) or to emulate a keyboard and "type" the password for the user. ...
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iframe Checkout Procedure

I'm working for a company that wants to allow anyone to embed an iframe in which users can buy products on potentially any site. So it would be a typical use case for users to enter in their credit ...
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Can keyloggers intercept passwords when a password manager autofills a field? [duplicate]

I know that keyloggers primarily work by logging key presses, either through software or hardware. And some will also check for clipboard contents. But can a keylogger (or some other malware) ...
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Is it possible for an attacker to log my keystrokes on a linux server which has no X window system?

assuming the following: publicly reachable webserver - administered via SSH no X window system installed and no X11 forwarding through SSH attacker has gained access and is able to run a shell as my ...
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Is it possible to do exploit-free Linux keylogging with non-root client-only X Windows access?

Lets say that on a Linux system I use bubblewrap to sandbox an application and give it write access to /tmp/.X11-unix so that it can be an X Windows client. Is it possible for the sandboxed ...
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How to detect ELSA installation on Windows?

ELSA is a CIA tool used to track down location of any Windows and of its current user through Wi-Fi environment tracking. This tracking is operating, whatever the Windows GUI says about the Wi-Fi ...
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How does malware connect to FTP servers without revealing credentials to the victim?

Let’s take an FTP based passwords stealer, or some keylogger, that uploads the details of our victims to our FTP server. How do they connect back to our FTP server? As far as I know that for ...
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Intercept web traffic using Fiddler and add a keylogger function

Can we intercept the web traffic using Fiddler and inject a functionality such as key logger before the request being made to the server ?
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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 ...