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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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 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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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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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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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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What's the safest way to enter information on a website?

On-screen keyboard you have to work with a mouse? Copy and paste? Type a string of random characters and then delete the extraneous ones? Something else?
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My bank makes me enter my password using the mouse. What's up with that? [duplicate]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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Keyloggers and Performance Benchmarks

I don't know very much about keyloggers; but I thought I'd be able to detect the presence of one by writing a program to simulate keystrokes (in Windows) and recording the throughput, then repeating ...
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Corporate IT monitoring and access to user private data (keylogging? https data transmission?) [closed]

I work at a large company that requires employees to sign a digital certification saying that we recognize the right of the said company to monitor all data and communication on our work laptops, and ...
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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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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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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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How do I protect password enteries in Xorg?

I have been doing some reading about security issues with Xorg on Linux, and was surprised to find that you can keylog any GUI application using two shell commands... xinput list xinput test <id ...
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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 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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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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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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Does the use of an on-screen keyboard give a false sense of security or protect against all types of keyloggers? [duplicate]

Does the use of an on-screen keyboard (OSK) give a false sense of security? For example when people use the OSK in an attempt to prevent key-loggers from logging information like passwords, typed on ...
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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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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 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 ...