JP Chua

By: JP Chua on March 16th, 2023

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What is a Keylogger



Keyloggers are a type of monitoring software that can be used by hackers to collect keystrokes as you type. Learn more about keyloggers and what to do about them in this video. 

0:48 What is a Keylogger? 

Keyloggers are a type of monitoring software that can be used by hackers to collect keystrokes as you type. Hackers use this software to try and capture information that can be used to steal identities or do credential theft.  

1:22 How does a Keylogger Operate? 

The easiest way for a keylogger to infect your devices is by having you open an unsafe attachment from email, SMS messages, or infected websites. Once you click on the malicious link, the keylogger will automatically download itself onto your device. The keylogger records your keystrokes, including your login credentials, visited websites, and even search terms, and then it will send it back to the attacker.   

2:06 How Can You Detect a Keylogger Infection? 

A traditional anti-virus is not enough to detect a keylogger infection. You need what’s called a next generation Endpoint Detection & Response package or EDR. An EDR will know where your standard keyboard driver is and consistently check it for any malicious activity. Once it detects any unexpected activity, it will automatically raise alerts and provide immediate recommendations for next steps. 

3:38 How to Mitigate a Keylogger Infection? 

If you want to minimize the impact of a keylogger infection, even if it successfully steals your credentials and identity, we recommend using multi-factor authentication or MFA. MFA is an authentication method that can validate a user's identity through multiple pieces of evidence. If your IT system enforces MFA, the attacker's possession of stolen user credentials may be worthless without also having some means of circumventing MFA. 

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