How to Protect Yourself from Keylogger Attacks

How to Protect Yourself from Keylogger Attacks

Keyloggers are one of the most well-known and feared security threats on computers today. Keyloggers carry a fearsome reputation for several reasons, not least because they’re hard to detect, but because the direct damage to your life extends well beyond the computer and screen in front of you.

Keylogging malware is, unfortunately, very common. More often than not a malware variant packs a keylogger for maximum damage and to compound the attacker’s investment. Luckily, there are several methods to protect your system from a keylogger. And while no defense is perfect, these five steps drastically improve your chances.

And that’s how easy it is for hackers to see and record every keystroke you press on your computer. When a hacker has an unnoticed backdoor on your computer, anything is possible, but there are a few things you can do to minimize the risk of having your keys captured:

Use antivirus software. While there’s not a catch-all solution, and antivirus software won’t protect against sophisticated and cutting-edge keyloggers, there’s still no excuse for not using antivirus software which protects against most known keylogger software.

Use on-screen keyboards when entering passwords.One of the limitations of most keyloggers is that they only capture actual keystrokes being pressed on the keyboard. The Windows on-screen keyboard will provide a virtual keyboard that may help circumvent keyloggers.

Use a firewall. It’s possible lazy attackers won’t go through the effort of disguising their payloads to appear as being normal DNS (port 53) or HTTP (port 80) transmissions. A firewall might catch suspicious packets leaving your computer on port 35357.

Protect your computer against backdoors. While all of the above is helpful when you’re already backdoored, the best thing to do is make sure you’re not exploited in the first place.