New Threats: Keylogging
When it comes to securing your PC against malevolent attacks, most users rely on standard methods of protection like using a firewall and employing anti-virus, anti-spyware and anti-malware software. Most PCs today come with these tools right out of the box.
What’s the threat? There is an emerging threat called keylogging or keystroke logging. Although there are numerous forms of this kind of attack, the outcome is the same, i.e. the keystrokes you make on your computer are covertly sent back to a recipient who intends to use the data for illegal purposes.
What’s at risk? In the old days, a virus or malware would cause your hard drive to fail or an annoying message would scroll across the screen before the machine would crash or freeze. Now, this new threat never announces its presence and secretly records and transmits your credit card information, your usernames and passwords and any online banking or ecommerce data that you input via your keyboard.
It’s real and it’s scary! Most people believe an attack will never happen. Wasn’t this one of the top marketing lines for Mac computers? Well, keylogging is so prevalent now, that even Macs are susceptible to these kinds of attacks, e.g. The Flashback virus hit Macs in May of 2012.
How to protect your PC? An anti-spyware application doesn’t provide full protection because it can only disable hook-based keyloggers and does not work against kernel-based keyloggers. Also, keyloggers often update the code to evade countermeasures.
What’s the most reliable tool? An anti keylogger is specific software designed to detect keyloggers on a computer by comparing all files in the computer against a database of keyloggers. It looks for similarities that possibly show the existence of a covertly placed keylogger on your machine.
Want piece of mind? For only a few minutes and a few dollars, you can secure your PC against this emerging threat. There are many top-rated anti loggers out there. Want to know more, follow this link: http://www.blogstore.antivirussales.ca/zemana/
Marc Arellano teaches communication at Okanagan College in British Columbia, Canada. He has worked as a technical writer, editor and copy writer.His current academic interests focus on computer-mediated communication and the effects of new media on culture.
Marc Arellano enseigne les communications au Collège de l'Okanagan en Colombie-Britannique. Il a travaillé en tant que rédacteur, éditeur et concepteur-rédacteur. Ses intérêts académiques actuels mettent l'emphase sur la communication au moyen d'un ordinateur et sur l'effet des nouveaux médias sur la culture.