What are Keyloggers?

A Keylogger is a .exe that when it's launched it starts to send keystroke logs to the hacker that sent the file. The keystrokes can be sent via FTP or a email services such as Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, etc. The logs will be sent every x amount of time you set it to, 2, 3, 4, 5 minutes what ever time you set it to. The emails being sent will include what the Keylogger has as features. It can take screen shots of what the victim is doing, steal user name & passwords and obviously log keystrokes. Keyloggers also have the function to Startup with the Operating System, so as soon as the victim logs on the logs start to send.

Anti keyloggers

An anti keylogger is a software specifically designed to detect keyloggers on your computer, comparing all files in your computer against a database of keyloggers looking for similarities which might signal the presence of a hidden keylogger. As anti keyloggers have been designed specifically to detect keyloggers, they have the potential to be more effective than anti virus software. Some anti virus software do not consider certain keyloggers a virus, as under some circumstances a keylogger can be considered a legitimate piece of software.

How to prevent keyloggers

- One of the obvious is, don't download random or suspicious files , or if you do use a Virtual Machine or a SandBox.

- Keep your anti virus updated regularly & perform scans often.

- Use key scramblers, these will encrypt your keystrokes causing the hacker not the be able to read your keystrokes.

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