I hope you are well. In this article, I will explain what keyloggers are, how they can be detected and provide tips on protecting your device from them.
What is a keylogger
Keyloggers are malicious programs that log keystrokes, allowing attackers to see what is being typed into a device, including passwords, text-based conversations, and payment information. The keylogger pulls the data from your keyboard as you type.
How Keyloggers can get onto your device:
- Phishing emails: Keyloggers can be sent via email attachments, especially from unknown or suspicious senders.
- Malicious websites: Keyloggers can be downloaded onto your device through malicious websites or pop-ups.
- Software vulnerabilities: Keyloggers can exploit security flaws in your operating system or other software to install themselves on your device.
- USB drives: Keyloggers can be installed on your device via infected USB drives.
- Social engineering: Keyloggers can be installed on your device through social engineering tactics such as phone calls, text messages, or instant messages.
- Downloaded software: Keyloggers can be bundled with downloaded software or pirated movies, especially if you download them from untrustworthy sources.
Signs of a Keylogger:
- Overheating of your device
- Slow performance
- Delayed keystrokes
- Frequent crashes
- Cursor not appearing on your screen
How to Avoid Keyloggers:
- Keep Incognito fully updated on your device, as many of the commercial spy tools that we detect use key loggers
- Install and keep antivirus software up-to-date
- Be cautious of email attachments from new or suspicious senders
- Scan email attachments with an attachment scanner
- Be mindful of file extensions such as .exe, .pdf, .zip, .doc, and .rar. Do not open these attachments unless you are sure they are safe
- Enable your email provider’s spam filter
- Keep your device’s operating system and apps up-to-date
- Avoid logging into sensitive accounts on public or unsecured Wi-Fi networks
- Use a virtual private network (VPN) when using public Wi-Fi or when accessing sensitive information online
If you have any questions or concerns about this threat, please get in touch with Incognito Privacy Care Team. Please also share this tip with anyone vulnerable to this type of attack.
All the best, and talk to you soon.