Keyloggers have been a major problem today as it does not require any prior knowledge of computers to use it. So, it is often used by hackers to steal passwords, credit card numbers and other confidential data from your computer.
Below are some methods through which you can protect your computer from keyloggers:
1. Use a Good Antivirus
This is the first and the basic step that you need to take in order to protect your computer from keyloggers and other online threats. Use a good antivirus such as Kaspersky, Norton or McAfee and update it regularly.
2. Use a Good Antispyware
If you are a frequent Internet user, then you could be exposed to a number of spywares on a regular basis. Since keylogger is basically a spyware, it is better to install a good antispyware program. Make sure that the antivirus and the antispyware you use do not conflict with each other.
3. Antilogger can be Handy
Antiloggers are the programs that detect the presence of keyloggers on a given computer. Over the past few years, I have tested a lot of anti-logging programs and have found Zemana Antilogger as the best one.
Normally, a keylogger can easily be detected by a good antivirus program, but hackers may use some methods such as hexing, binding or crypting to make it harder for the antivirus program to detect it. In this case, Zemana Antilogger comes handy as this program is specially designed to protect your PC against harmful keyloggers.
4. Cover your webcam
There are many computer viruses are developed in the form of keylogger that can spy on you so here best option is to cover up your webcam to secure yourself from these type of attacks. You can cover it with any bandage or a color tape or whatever you wish.
5. Avoid Using Public Networks
In the public network, you can get easily hacked by the keyloggers or the spy program that get installed on the router to access the user data connected to same WiFi network. So better is to avoid the use of the public network as there is always a risk of keyloggers being installed on your computer.
6. Online Scanning
When ever you receive a suspicious file, you scan it with online scanners such as Multi engine antivirus scanner which scans your file with 24 popular antivirus engines and reports it back to you if the file is recognized as a virus or spyware. This ensures that none of the malicious programs can escape from being detected as there are 24 different antivirus engines involved in the scanning process.
7. Use Sandboxie
Sandboxie is another great program to help you protect your computer against harmful keyloggers and spywares. Sandboxie runs your computer in an isolated space which prevents your program from making permanent changes to other programs in your computer.
When ever you receive a file that looks suspicious, just run the program with Sandboxie so that, you can test it without the risk of making permanent changes to your computer.
To run a program in Sandboxie, follow the steps as mentioned below:
- Open the Sandboxie tool and click on sandbox menu on the top.
- Now go to Default sandbox.
- Then click on run any program.
- Now select the file you wish to run in sandboxie and click open.
Keyscrambler is one of the best program that offers protection against keyloggers. It is a small program which encrypts your keystrokes so that, even if your computer has a keylogger installed on it, only the encrypted keystrokes are captured by the keylogger and not the actual ones.
The free version of Keyscrambler currently supports Firefox, IE and a few other applications. However its premium version supports more than 160 applications.
Other Points to consider
1. Install firewall software that prevents any unauthorized access between your computer and the Internet. Comodo is recommended. Again, its free and well regarded.
2. Be sure to run the latest version of your browser software. Whether it’s Internet Explorer or Firefox, keep it patched and up to date! Many exploits that hackers used have already been patched by the software vendors — all you have to do is stay updated!
3. On the subject of browsers, consider using Firefox. There’s plenty of room for debate on whether it’s more secure than Internet Explorer, but for now, at least, there are more viruses and exploits out there that target Internet Explorer, simply because it’s more widely-used.
4. Keep your OS up to date. Just like with browsers, many hackers will try to install keyloggers on your system using exploits that have long since been patched by the software vendor. If you run Windows, be sure to run Windows Update regularly — in fact, I recommend setting it up to run automatically on a daily basis.
5. Be careful downloading files! While your anti-virus and anti-spyware software should catch anything that gets installed, it’s better to catch them before they get installed and have a chance to cause damage. Never download files from sites you don’t trust and be wary of opening unexpected e-mail attachments.
6. You can configure your WoW client to remember your user name. In this case, even if you get a keylogger installed, they’ll find your password, but won’t know your account name. The password is useless without the account name, and if you don’t type the account name, a keylogger won’t see it.
7. And, of course, never share your password. You may just give it to one person, but who knows where it could go from there. (For all you know they’ve got it on a post-it note on their monitor where anyone can see it.)
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