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Using the onscreen keyboard to help against keylogging

By January 26, 2018Cyber Security

Onscreen Keyboards: We all have them, why not use them?

One of the most common spyware/malware targets is definitely your keyboard.  By the use of keylogger programs, one can easily observe the inputs and keystrokes of any computer user.  Of course keyloggers have been around for ages, but are still commonly used to cause mischief today.   Cyber Thieves or hackers still use this longtime favorite of electronic key logging since its so easy for the bad guys to distribute.  Since this is still a highly used option, the use of an “On Screen” or virtual keyboard will help reduce this malicious activity. A keylogger does just what it sounds like – it logs every key that you type, and then sends a log of all the keystrokes back to the attacker.  How many passwords, account numbers and other sensitive data do you type on a daily basis? These are all valuable on the black market or “DarkWeb” sites engaged in selling private information.

Luckily, there’s an easy way you can make sure sensitive passwords and data are safe from these keystroke-stealing criminals – use an on-screen keyboard when typing in sensitive passwords, social security numbers or other data. Your computer will see the on-screen keyboard taps as mouse-clicks instead of keyboard input. Banks are making on-screen keyboards more accessible to their clients on a daily basis because of the added security over traditional keypads and keyboards. (Similar to those website password / authentication that use jigsaw Puzzles, or ask to identify a series of pictures before allowing you to proceed to their website. This simple change in habit could prevent complex problems in the future, by limiting the amount of keystrokes that are “Potentially” recorded.

Here is a link to Enable your On-Screen Keyboard in Windows 10:

I would recommend just googling windows onscreen keyboard for any other version 7,8,etc..

Robert C.

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