Free KeyScrambler – Encrypt Your Internet Input

KeyScrambler Personal – A Must Have Browser Plug-in

Keylogger pic

This article was prompted by a situation one of my Blogging buddies ran into recently. Apparently, a friend of his was having a problem with his Internet connection, and major problems with his email sign-ins.

This problem, as it turned out, was a typical case of a compromised password – not a particularly unusual event. To ensure your passwords are as safe as you can make them, consider adding KeyScrambler Personal to your Browser.

KeyScrambler Personal is a free plug-in for FireFox, Internet Explorer, and Flock web browsers which protects all input you type into the browser, by encrypting your keystrokes at the kernel driver level.

Cyber-crooks are relentless in their pursuit of your money and let’s face it – it’s all about the money. In the worst case scenario, your identity and your financial security can be severely compromised.

Despite the best efforts of AntiSpyware, AntiVirus, and other Internet security products, you still face substantial risks while surfing the Internet. One type of malware that can expose you to financial risk is the Keylogger.

A Keylogger is a form of spyware which, once installed on a computer, can record every keystroke that is made on that computer, and transmit those keystrokes back to a cyber-criminal. The function of a Keylogger is to steal passwords, bank account numbers, and other personal information.

KeyScrambler 2

When you type on your keyboard, the input travels along a path within the operating system before it arrives at your browser. Keyloggers plant themselves along this path and observe and record your keystrokes. The compromised information is then sent to the cyber criminal who will exploit your passwords, bank account numbers, and other personal information.

By encrypting your keystrokes at the keyboard driver level, deep within the operating system, a Keylogger can be beaten since it can only record the encrypted keys, which are indecipherable.

Unlike AntiVirus and AntiSpyware programs that depend on recognition to remove Keyloggers that they know about, KeyScrambler will protect you from both known and unknown Keyloggers.

I’ve been using this great little plug-in for over a year and I feel more secure logging in than I once did. Despite this, I change all of my passwords frequently, since doing so, is just common sense.

Quick facts:

Protects user input in all parts of the browser against key-loggers.

Protects login credentials, credit card numbers, passwords, search terms and more

Works with IE, FireFox, and Flock: Java, Flash, PDF Forms

Email protection including Yahoo, Hotmail, and Gmail.

No learning curve.

Protects against Keyloggers even on security compromised computers

Requires no effort on your part after installation

In the top 5 FireFox Extensions for security and privacy

System Requirements: Windows 2000, 2003, XP, Vista (32-bit and 64-bit), and Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit).

Download at: Download.com

Setting your password correctly is vitally important to ensure your safety and privacy, on the Internet. Read how to do this correctly by visiting TechPauls site, and taking a look at “A Word About Words — Passwords, That Is”, which includes a link to a freeware application which makes password management a snap.

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47 responses to “Free KeyScrambler – Encrypt Your Internet Input

  1. Murphy

    Hi,
    Thanks for this article.
    I use it .
    Best regards !

  2. Interesting, interesting.
    Thanks Bill for further information.
    And by the way I would recommend an interesting program-free-to check for updates> Software Informer> http://software.informer.com/
    All the best.

  3. John

    Hi Bill,

    You’re back so to speak. Is this key-scrambler in the same vein as Zemana, or an entirely different type of programme altogether?

    Cheers
    John

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey John,

      Yeah, I’m “back”. ironically, it was a slipped disk in my “back” that kept me away.

      The principal difference between these two apps is a s follows.

      Zemana is both reactive and proactive to keyloggers and protects the entire system. KeyScrambler, on the other hand, is proactive in the sense that all keystrokes (while connected to the Internet), are encrypted, making it impossible for a keylogger to “read” content. Since it’s primary purpose is Internet related, you’ll notice that the system tray icon changes colour to green, when you are connected to the Internet.

      Bill

  4. Hey Bill
    I installed this program Scramble Key Personal, but after installation and reboot the computer, this program is not at all visible.
    However, the system displays a message that in general there is no installer.
    A strange thing, though the program seems to be interesting.
    Try again to install it.

  5. Re-installed the more I tried to install this program, but only opened Firefox and the installation of a green band stood before the end of fill.
    Really strange thing.
    Everything works correctly for me on Saturday, restored the system. :-)
    Regards.
    I recommend the Firefox add-GoogleSharing>https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/60333/

    • Bill Mullins

      Hi Robert,

      I’m sorry to hear you’ve had so much trouble installing this app.

      Thanks for the recommendations on GoogleSharing and Software informer. I’ve scheduled both for a test, and review.

      Best,

      Bill

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  7. Lee

    I use the personal version – Bill, if possible, do you think you could organise a give-away for the Pro version – i.e. for commercial use?

  8. John

    I use this but notice that it often crashes Firefox. When Firefox closes abruptly the reason it gives is Key Scrambler.
    I have contacted the Key Scrambler people and they sent me another version but to no effect. I am using Firefox 3.6.3.

    • Bill Mullins

      Hi John,

      Like you I’m using Firefox 3.6.3. I haven’t had any problem with KeyScrambler version 2.60 (downloaded from the developer’s site), installed on a Win 7 32 bit system. I’m sorry to hear that you’re having trouble with this app, especially since it provides such good additional protection. I did notice that the installation process doesn’t work quite as smoothly as it should.

      Bill

  9. Bill,

    Thanks for this great find… Will be checking this one out. Can’t have enough protection, these days.

    Rick

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Rick,

      This is a very worthwhile application. As you say, “Can’t have enough protection, these days”.

      Thanks for dropping by.

      Bill

  10. Sheen

    Hi Bill,

    Good day, just went to the site https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3383 & apparently this add on is not support the Linux OS (Ubuntu).

    regards, Sheen :-(

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Sheen,

      Yes, you’re right – this application is Windows only.

      Thanks for stopping by.

      Bill

  11. Hey Bill,

    Glad to see your back in action. I’ve missed reading your articles.

    You are right on with KeyScrambler. It is one of my “Wouldn’t be without” apps. It’s a Ron Popeil style app but the best thing about it is that you know it’s working with the color change on the taskbar and the popup box at the top of Firefox.

    Thanks

    Tex

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Tex,

      Thanks – it’s good to be back at the keyboard.

      You’re right, KeyScrambler has a neat way of letting you know you’re protected. Like you, I wouldn’t logon to the Net without it.

      Bill

  12. kingpin

    Hi Bill,
    Good to see you back,Hope that slipped disk doesn’t give you anymore trouble.

    KeyScrambler is excellent,but I would like take the liberty to suggest a another worthy adversary-
    SpyShelter,it is really excellent as it has more features and better equipped to fight against spywares and keyloggers.It supports both 32 bit and 64 bit versions.More info here,

    http://www.spyshelter.com

    I am sure you will pleased with SpyShelter.

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Kingpin,

      Thanks – it’s good to be back.

      I’ll take a look at SpyShelter.

      Best,

      Bill

  13. Charlie

    Hi everyone,

    I like the aim of the software. What I don’t like is that it seems to be open source because it is used as an add-on for firefox. But actually, the add-on needs the installation of a non-open source software. At this point, I am wondering if under the impression of benevolence, maybe I have installed a keylogger on my computer. There is no way to be sure the software is not a malware except by decompiling the software.. which is illegal.

    • Bill Mullins

      Hi Charlie,

      While KeyScrambler Personal is free, it is not open source.

      There are any number of ways to be sure you are not installing malware without decompiling the software, which, I have to say, is definitely over the top. A machine with properly layered security should pick up any malware, both at the download stage, and again at the install stage.

      As well, there are any number of online scanners that do a good job of recognizing malware.

      Bill

      • Charlie

        You have probably reason, but I’m not sure the software is to be trusted anyway. During the installation, you give rights to the software because you trust it. What can give me the proof that it is not memorizing everything I am writing and send it somewhere ? Things will not seems wrong for your computer because you give the software the rights. You can configure your firewall to block trafic from this software. But if the software wait for a new version to access internet?
        Well I am saying that such a software seems to be amazing. That is exactly what I was looking for. But I can’t stop wondering about the secret source code.
        Did you know that problems of confidentiality are known with Skype ? It access your browser’s bookmarks, and configurations (Hope you can read french but you will probably find the same information on english sites : http://blog.philpep.org/post/Skype-:-un-logiciel-qui-vous-veut-du-bien). Maybe the software just needs to know your connection configuration (in case you are using a proxy for example), but maybe there are other meanings… And you can’t know exactly because this is a non open source software.

        That’s what I was trying to say with my last post.
        I hope you will answer to me ! I hope all my demonstration is false

        • Bill Mullins

          Hi Charlie,

          There are a number of ways to ensure that a particular piece of software is not “phoning home” without your permission. The easiest way is to use a port checker to look for activity from any particular piece of software. Please read 2 Free Port Checkers CurrPorts and Process and Port Analyzer, on my site.

          As well, if you have configured your Firewall to block a particular application, then updates to that application will also be blocked. Since the binaries have changed on the updated app, your Firewall will notify you of any attempt to connect to the Internet.

          I am aware that Skype is not open source, and the point you make has been made many times over. I use Skype every day, and I have never experienced an issue with this application. If you read the article on port checkers, then you know that I am extremely security conscious, and I would not recommend an application without testing that application for functionality and security.

          Bill

          • Charlie

            Hi Bill,

            Actually I didn’t know your site before I start looking for information about keyScrambler. You seem to know a lot on the question thus I will probably carry on using keyscrambler.

            One more question. I’m not up to date with firewall, but if you give the autorization to your software to update, then the firewall will let the software do its stuff (connecting to a remote server for example and asking it to send new .exe/data) right ? Is the firewall able to realise that besides updating, the application is doing something more than updating but on the same port ? And needless to speak about binaries changes here, because at this step, the application is still the same from the point of view of the firewall. (?)

            I will read your article. Maybe the key for me to understand correctly what you mean is in your article. Maybe the best way is to look carefully at datas sent by the application with tools as wireshark. But it is still possible to cipher datas.

            One last point, you say that you have never experienced a bad issue with Skype. But for me, collecting information on someone is already a kind of bad issue. I’m a great opponent of confidentiality on internet and these kind of threats is probably worse for me than a trojan. Because one can be eradicated but not the other one. Well, I am not able to speak very well english concerning this point of view. To much words are missing !

            Thank you again for your answers.

            • Bill Mullins

              Hi Charlie,

              Your English is very easy to understand; very fluent.

              I understand your issue with Skype and other applications that collect “personal” data. Unfortunately, there are many applications that collect personal data, and unless one reads the EULA very carefully, there may be no way for an average user to be aware of this.

              Wireshark is a very powerful application and used properly, can provide critical information. I highly recommend its use.

              Your Firewall question is a little more difficult to answer precisely, since it depends on what the executable is capable of to begin with. For this reason, it’s important to have layers of security, so that shortcomings in any particular application can be covered by another security application. See Layered Computer Security What Is It? Why Use It?on my site.

              Bill

              • Charlie

                Thanks a lot for your presence and your answers. I will remember your site and read the articles you advice to me and probably some others.

                See you.

  14. Hi Bill,

    Nice find again. Will try to use this one too as I always love to use freeware. I love protection specially while I computing.

    Arafat

  15. Mal

    Hey Bill, glad to see you back.

    Not much to add on this topic, like everyone else, I wouldn’t be without it. I feel very secure using Keyscrambler combined with Zemana.

    Cheers

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Mal,

      It does feel good to be back.

      Interesting – both you and I are running Keyscrambler and Zemana. Great minds and all that.

      Best,

      Bill

  16. John Bent

    Hi Bill

    Good to have you back. Will give KeyScrambler a try. Another layer of protection is to use something like RoboForm2Go, which inserts passwords, credit card details, personal data etc without keystrokes. A master password has to be keyed in, however and it sounds as if this might be protected by KeyScrambler.

    I have been using Google Sharing for some time without any problem.

    Kind regards

    John

    • Bill Mullins

      Hi John,

      Thanks – good to be at the keyboard.

      Google Sharing looks like a very interesting app and I have scheduled it for testing.

      Best,

      Bill

  17. dean

    Hey Bill,

    I’ve been using Keyscrambler for two years now. Great app.

    There’s one app that’s also good at blocking keyloggers.. Prevx Safeonline. You can get it free if you have a facebook account.

    Dean

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Dean

      Thank you for the info on Prevx Safeonline. I just took a quick look at it – looks very Interesting.

      Bill

  18. kingpin

    Hi Bill,
    I would like say on @Dean’s comment that Prevx 3.0 max protection is one the must have layered security you should have if could afford it.It is an excellent anti-virus that goes well with many other anti-virus and also it picks up malwares missed many anti-viruses,what’s more you can use as a stand alone AV too.At $35 Prevx is definite keeper along with SpyShelter.

    I looking forward to hear a word from you after testing these beauties.

  19. graphixnut

    Hi Bill,
    Just wondering about this add-on for FF called Keyscrambler?? I have all my passwords(except for certain ones I won’t mention) stored on Firefox for easy access to all the websites I belong to. Will this interfere with being able to store passwords on Firefox in the future and will it allow them to be used once I have the Keyscrambler installed?

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Charlie,

      Since I don’t handle passwords in the same way you do, I have not tested for the circumstances you describe. However, after doing some research on the Web, the answers to your questions are “yes” and “yes”.

      Bill

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  21. This is digital snake oil. Malware which has compromised your PC can trivially look at your web traffic and gather your passwords directly at the network level. It needn’t bother looking at your actual keystrokes.

    The only way to be safe is to ensure that malware doesn’t compromise the local computer in the first place.

  22. Bob– It doesn’t really matter, because the malware can simply wrap/thunk the cryptography APIs and see the password before encryption or the result pages after decryption. More importantly, the malware can simply grab your authenticated session cookie out of the browser’s memory, or grab the unecrypted password data out of the browser’s memory just before it’s sent to the HTTPS-encryption subsystem.

    Most “anti-keylogging” systems have the same problem– they fail to protect against the range of threats available to the attacker.

    • Bob

      Ok for seeing the result pages, but it will not do nothing with it. With the authenticated session cookie, it may use it from your computer but for a very short time that’s true (we are talking about important sites as bank online).
      Concerning the HTTPS-encryption I’d like to know more about it. According to your point of view, the unencrypted login/password can be intercepted between the browser and the HTTPS-encryption subsystem ? Well I thought that HTTPS-encryption subsystem was in the browser so that when you write your login/password, it’s not possible to grab it…
      I realise you are talking of the case when people save their password with their browser, are you ? It’s probably the same actually..

      If you have any links, I am ready to read them :)

  23. kingpin

    Hi Eric,
    That is a scary proposition indeed.What are your opinions on SpyShelter,the new version has passed many different type of keylogger tests.Also another one Encassa also claims to saying that it provides security to all passwords till the end of encrypted transaction,but it requires installation .net framework.
    Well if both of these are also Snake Oil,then please tell us a sure-fire and foolproof way to beat these nasty Keyloggers,spywares and Trojans,I really appreciate it,Thanks.

  24. @Bob: A bit of background here: I work on browser security for a living.

    Why do you think malware wouldn’t “do” anything with the pages it captures? Those pages typically contain PII including account numbers, balances, and other sensitive information. Furthermore, in what’s called a “man-in-the-browser” attack, the bad guy can just click on whatever he wants in your browser– even if he doesn’t know your password, he can act as you.

    It doesn’t matter whether or not the HTTPS-encryption subsystem is “in” the browser or not– installed malware can thunk any functions in the process, including those encryption functions. Attacking saved passwords is another vector, but not really what I’m talking about.

    For reading material on browser security in general, try http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/tags/Security/default.aspx

    @Kingpin: The only surefire way to defeat malware is to prevent it from getting installed in the first place. Current versions of Windows and IE make such infections far less common due to new protections (against both technical exploits and social engineering exploits).

  25. kingpin

    Hi Eric,
    Thanks for the reply!I have a license for SpyShelter,maybe I might just use it.Oh BTW I am on Opera’s latest browser 10.51 now,I seriously don’t trust IE 8 because it was hijacked by some adware or spyware,everytime I was surfing on latest Firefox browser,a ad-based page would open up in IE 8 most of the times,it was really annoying,but I formatted my system after a irrecoverable rootkit infection.So it’s Opera all the way for me now.

    I would still like to know your opinion on SpyShelter,who claims to be No.1,which is little suspicious.But I do believe that Prevx Anti-virus is better equipped to tackle these kinds of data/password stealing Malwares,which most regular anti-viruses misses.
    Let me know more about your views.