Keystroke logging (often called keylogging) is the practice of noting (or logging) the keys struck on a keyboard. There are currently two types of keylogging methods, hardware and software based.

Hardware key loggers are commercially available devices which come in three types: inline devices that are attached to the keyboard cable, devices which can be installed inside standard keyboards, and actual replacement keyboards that contain the key logger already built-in.

When used covertly inline devices are easily detected by a glance at the keyboard connector plugged into the computer. Of the three types, the most difficult to install is also the most difficult to detect. The device that installs inside a keyboard (presumably the keyboard the target has been using all along) requires soldering skills and extended access to the keyboard to be modified. However, once in place, this type of device is virtually undetectable unless specifically looked for.

Remote Access software Keyloggers are local software keyloggers programmed with an added feature to transmit recorded data out of the target computer and make the data available to the monitor at a remote location. Remote communication is facilitated by one of four methods:

  • Data is uploaded to a website or an ftp account.
  • Data is periodically emailed to a pre-defined email address.
  • Data is wirelessly transmitted by means of an attached hardware system.
  • It allows the monitor to log into the local machine via the internet or ethernet and access the logs stored on the target machine.

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There are currently 102 articles listed on keyloggers.

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123Keylogger 88/10 4 December 7, 2007
404 Keylogger November 25, 2019
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Actual Spy December 11, 2008
ACXInstall 77/10 2 August 21, 2007
AGM65s Keylog trojan March 27, 2006
Aobo Keylogger September 14, 2020
Application.Actual_Keylogger August 5, 2010
Application.Family_Keylogger 88/10 0 March 28, 2011
Application.WinSpy_Stealth_Monitor August 12, 2010
Application.WinSpy_Stealth_Monitor Virus June 21, 2011
Ardamax Keylogger 88/10 0 August 27, 2008
BlazingTools Perfect Keylogger 88/10 13 November 28, 2019
Boolosoft Keylogger 88/10 0 September 28, 2007
CheaterChecker 11/10 1,317 August 24, 2007
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Enfiltrator Black Box 88/10 0 April 12, 2012
Fade.exe May 15, 2015
FamilyKeyLogger 88/10 200 March 29, 2005
Force Keylogger October 2, 2007
FreeKeylogger 88/10 422 September 7, 2007
Gen.Variant.MSILKrypt March 2, 2011
Generic 99/10 2,373 April 1, 2011
Generic.dx!nug March 25, 2011
Golden Keylogger 1010/10 0 April 15, 2010
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