A software Keylogger, or system monitor, is a small program (not always malware, I should point out), that monitors every keystroke a user types on a computer’s keyboard.
Keyloggers are a particularly sinister type of malware, and are notorious for disabling Firewalls and anti-malware tools. This is a type of malware that I pay particular attention to, and make a special effort to guard against.
Since I test a lot of applications, I am continually amazed at the number of programs that request access to my keyboard, and screen, during installation. Unless there are valid reasons for this type of access, I don’t allow it. Surprisingly, in most cases the application installs correctly. Curious!
Regular reader Charles L. recently gave me a great tip on a freeware anti-logger application – SpyShelter Personal, which is also available in a paid version, SpyShelter premium.
SpyShelter is an anti-keylogging, anti-spyware program that protects your data from Keylogging and spy programs: known, unknown, and under-development.
It detects and block dangerous and malicious programs, to help ensure that your data cannot be stolen by cyber criminals.
The free version includes the following features:
- System protection (HIPS)
- Anti keylogger
Setup is a snap, since the user interface follows the familiar tabbed menu system.
SpyShelter Fast facts:
Proactively scans when any spy program, Keylogger or Trojan attempts to store your private information.
Compatible with other well-known security products such as anti-virus and firewall software.
Protect your passwords, chat, credit card.
Fast algorithm process does not slow down your computer when scanning for dangerous items.
SpyShelter needs only a small amount of hardware and system resources.
Doesn’t need to check a signature database.
Simple, easy-to-use, intuitive GUI.
System requirements: Windows XP, Vista, Win 7 (32&64 bit).
Languages: English, German, Spanish, Italian, French, Polish, Croatian, Serbian, Chinese, Turkish, Czech, Macedonian, Brazilian(Portuguese)
Download at: SpyShelter.com
There are additional remedies for this type of malware threat, including –
SnoopFree Privacy Shield (free):
SnoopFree Privacy Shield (which I’ve been running for years), is a free application that guards your keyboard, screen, and open windows from all such spy software.
It makes it virtually impossible for any spy program to work on your computer since SnoopFree Privacy Shield’s protection works against spy software in real time. Unfortunately, this application works on Windows XP only.
Download at: Download.com
Zemana AntiLogger (commercial):
Since my personal home machines now run on Windows 7, I can no longer protect against Keyloggers using SnoopFree Privacy Shield, so I had to find an alternative. Zemana AntiLogger, is a competitively priced anti-keylogger application that I have come to rely on since I installed it 6 months ago.
This is an impressive application, particularly the system defense function which intercepts proposed changes to system files NOT picked up by other security applications on my systems.
Since I use a Webcam extensively for communicating, the active Webcam protection offered by Zemana AntiLogger, is of special importance to me.
Zemana AntiLogger is compatible with Windows XP, Vista and Win 7.
This application is not freeware, but is very well priced at $34.00 USD. You can download a 15 day trial version at: Zemana
We’re now half way through 2010, and as predicted, this year has being a banner year for cyber-criminals. Being prepared and being aware, while not a panacea, will continue to be a key element in mitigating risk exposure. If Keylogger protection is a concern, you should consider adding an anti-logger application to your security toolbox.
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