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#1 catweazle

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Posted 31 May 2005 - 01:58 PM

saw this tip in one of my pc mags.....

"A good way to prevent passwords and credit card details from being recorded by key-loggers, is to use the on-screen keyboard utility. You enter letters and numbers by using mouse clicks instead of the keyboard, which means your security details will not be compromised by keyboard actions-defeating many key-logging systems. You can find the on-screen keyboard by going to start, then All programs, Accessories and then Accessibility. Right -click to create a shortcut on your desktop."

Be interested if anyone knows otherwise? :thumbsup:

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Posted 10 June 2005 - 11:44 AM

Wow, that is a good question catweazle. I'd be interested in the answer to that as well.
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Posted 10 June 2005 - 01:56 PM

i assume that would work seeing as the keyboard logging system would be different to that of the on screen system so i assume that that would probably work. But dont hold me to that..
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Posted 10 June 2005 - 02:16 PM

Yes, the concept makes sense. But is it an actual fact?
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Posted 10 June 2005 - 02:57 PM

Actually, this is a very misleading premise.

While it is true that simple Keylogging programs only record and make retrievable those strokes made on a targeted keyboard, there are other programs that record all system activity. Some take full screen shots every time a screen is brought up or refreshed. Some turn on video/audio capture programs. While other programs record every activity on a system, including mouse click and what they are used to do.

A simple google search will show you the active applications available on the open market (ISpyNow or ProBot are common). There are many non-publicized programs sold to commercial/government markets.

Have fun trying to find out if these programs are on the system you are using, other than your personal system. :thumbsup:
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Posted 10 June 2005 - 03:05 PM

Thanks Koan for the intelligent and informative response.
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Posted 21 June 2005 - 12:24 AM

I've tried the onscreen keyboard, the systems can't be entirely different as when i press the onscreen caps and num; lock keys, the appropriate lights activate on my keyboard, so i guess it's not so reliable.




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