As a cybersecurity professional, chances are that having a keylogger installed on any of your company’s machines is one of your worst-case scenarios. Once a keylogger is installed, nothing is sacred. Passwords, proprietary information, and banking credentials are just a few of the many things that are now known to hackers.
So how does this happen and how do you prevent it?
What are Keyloggers?
Keyloggers are typically malicious software that gets installed on your computer. You can get them from a bad email, downloading a malicious file from a website, or maybe you plugged in a friend's flash drive to transfer a few files.
What does a Keylogger do?
Just as the name implies, it logs every key that you type on your keyboard. The attacker's goal is to find the websites you go to. Chances are, you'll go to your bank account's website, type in your username, type in your password, and you may even answer a security question that the attacker now has access to. With this information, they can access your accounts and even make changes or steal data.
Preventing Keylogger Success
Advanced Malware Prevention is a good option for organizations because it combines standard anti-virus capabilities with advanced threat detection. If you are using a traditional anti-virus solution, keep it up to date.
Avoid plugging in unknown devices into your computer whenever possible. Stay on top of changing passwords regularly and using strong passwords, or even a password manager so you're typing passwords less often.