A huge number of people want your data.
They want it bad.
And one of the easiest ways for them to get it is through a keystroke logger.
(Read What Is A Keystroke Logger?)
Basically, a keystroke logger is a piece of software (though it can occasionally be hardware-based too) that is designed to capture a user’s keystrokes.
In other words, if you have a keylogger on your computer then a cyber-thief can find out everything you type on it.
Such criminals are especially interested in online banking passwords, credit card details and private conversations.
If you allow a keystroke logger onto your system then you are putting yourself at risk of becoming a victim of fraud or identity theft.
Therefore, the following tips will help you avoid such a situation by detecting such programs before it is too late -
1. Preventing keystroke loggers from being installed in the first place
You should always scan any files before installing them onto your computer.
One of the best sites I’ve found for this purpose is Virus Total.
This site will check any file for viruses, worms, trojans and many other types of malware.
2. Keep your antivirus program up to date
The better antivirus programs on the market will detect keyloggers and will warn you of their presence.
This relies upon you of course – you have to keep your security software fully updated.
You also need to ensure that you scan your computer on a regular basis.
3. Perform your own checks for keystroke loggers
If you are a resonably competent computer user then you may be able to find keyloggers yourself.
You can begin your search by using a registry editor or process explorer.
Be warned though, detecting advanced keystroke loggers isn’t an easy process by any means.