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What Is Keystroke Logging?

Keystroke logging is a method of covertly recording every keystroke made by a computer user for the purposes of analysing information at a later time. This is done through software embedded on the computer specifically designed to record the information. Sometimes the data is retrieved manually. More often than not however, it is sent remotely over an Internet connection to another location from which it can be used immediately. 

We typically associate keystroke logging with illegal activity. However, it is useful for law enforcement efforts as well. For example, keystroke logging was used in two high-profile cases in 2000 to gain access to criminal computers in order to acquire evidence that was used to later prosecute. 

Keystroke logging efforts can be thwarted through software programmes known as anti-key loggers. Antivirus and anti-spyware programmes are also capable of locating and removing some keystroke logging programmes. As always, due diligence is required by computer owners and cloud users to make sure their security software is always up-to-date and running as intended. By taking simple steps to make sure computers remain free of viruses and malware, you can prevent keystroke logging that could otherwise be detrimental to your company.

This answer was last updated on 15-Dec-2014 07:08 PM.