A cybercriminal starts an attack by sending their keystroke logger through email. You received an email instructing you to change your online bank account password. The email mentions that your online bank account was a victim of a recent security breach.
You are then asked to click on a link to that redirects you to your online bank account's password change screen. You click on the malicious link and it activates the keystroke recorder program. This malware loads itself on your computer's memory and waits for your keystrokes.
You then enter your new password on your online bank account's change password screen. The keystroke logging function of the malware activates on the background. It recorded your new password and sent to the attacker's email. The keystroke logger then removes any evidence of its activities on your system.
This is a typical real-world scenario of how cybercriminals get your sensitive information. Your online bank account in this scenario was never compromised in the first place. It's a social engineering tactic so that you'll click on the link to activate the keystroke logger. The attacker used your emotion so that you'll not hesitate in changing your password.
You will learn more about keystroke logger programs later. Afterward, you'll learn the best way to counter this security threat. You'll also understand the importance of using SecureBox to counter this threat.
What Is A Keystroke Logger?
A keystroke logger aka keystroke recorder is a malicious type of application. It captures and records every keystroke you make. It later sends out this data to the attacker's email address. Here are the other features of a keystroke logger:
- It allows the attacker to see the emails that you've sent.
- It allows the attacker to see the websites that you visited
- It allows the attacker to see the passwords you entered.
- It allows the attacker to see your private messages and conversations.
- It allows the attacker to see any file input as well.
A keystroke logger records everything that you type. It infiltrates your operating system like a "ninja" because of its stealthy approach. A keystroke logger is a type of malware classified under the category of spyware.
You might be thinking right now who uses this kind of malicious software aka malware. Aside from the cybercriminals, there are also other keystroke logger users. Parents who want to know their children's activities use this. A manager will use a keystroke logger to check what employees do during working hours. A network administrator uses a keystroke logger to track data breaches.
You now know what a keystroke logger is. You'll learn the best way to counter a keystroke logger in the next section.
What Is The Best Way To Combat A Keystroke Logger?
You might be asking yourself at this point how you can counter such a threat. The answer to this is simple. Use one of the best security programs today like SecureBox. This great product has so many security features. SecureBox is an all-in-one security solution.
SecureBox is an : anti-keystroke logger software. You heard me right! Aside from being an anti-malware program, SecureBox can also counter keystroke logging apps. There are also advanced types of keystroke logger programs. These can capture your screen or take a screenshot. It can even take control of your webcam and record internet phone calls.
You are very lucky because SecureBox can help you defeat all these threats! SecureBox uses keystroke encryption technology. Every keystroke you make undergoes an encryption process in real time. Amazing isn't it?
Using encryption is one of the best practices in application security. Even if the attacker gets a hold of your data, they still need to decipher it. They need a key to decrypt the stolen data. SecureBox pushes this further by encrypting your every keystroke. This makes it harder for the attacker to decrypt every keystroke!
Remember as well that SecureBox is an anti-malware program. A keystroke logger is a type of malware. SecureBox can prevent, detect, and remove this kind of threat. SecureBox acts as a web application firewall or WAF. It watches over your system 24/7 for any suspicious activity. This feature prevents a keystroke logger malware from entering your system or network.
You now know what a keystroke logger is and what it can do. You also learned one of the best ways to counter a keystroke logger. SecureBox is an all-in-one security solution. It prevents, detects, and removes the following:
- Keystroke logger programs
SecureBox can also counter the following cyber attacks:
- SQL injection
- Cross-site scripting or XSS
- Zero-day attacks
SecureBox is also an award-winning product in the intrusion detection and prevention category. Sign up now for a free demo!