What is a Keylogger?

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A keylogger is also termed Keystroke Logger, developed to monitor and record the keystrokes that the user enters through the keyboard. Keyloggers are also available to monitor keystrokes from smartphones – iPhone and Android. A keystroke may be a password or username or even the most confidential banking information.

The keyloggers are installed along with the regular functioning program and it does not appear to look dangerous.

What Does a Keylogger Trojan Do?

A keylogger monitors each keystroke of the user. The malware keeps track of the keystroke and saves the user’s information locally – later the hacker requires physical access to retriever the stored user information. It also works the other way where the hacker can gain instant access to the user data through the Internet.

Some keyloggers are programmed to record/log the keystrokes only after a certain activity is initiated. For instance, the keylogger program would start recording only when the user opens the browser to access a specific website.

How Do Keyloggers Get on the user’s Computer?

When the user has an outdated antivirus, or when the antivirus is turned off or if the user has not got it installed, keylogger finds its way to reach the computer. Virus protection tools are to be kept up-to-date and if not done, they cannot defend or deny such keylogging activities.

Another possible way is that the keyloggers find a way through .exe files. However, it is not possible to restrict or limit to deny .exe files just to avoid keyloggers as most of the important programs run through .exe files.

Programs That Can Remove a Keylogger Virus

There is a wide variety of protection software available both free and paid to fit your specific requirements. Ensure there is an updated Antivirus to drive away the keylogger.

A centralized approach to protecting all the endpoints – servers, laptops, desktops, smartphones and other IoT devices like Comodo Endpoint Protection would help the users to fend against such keylogging activities. It delivers total protection for corporate networks when it is accessed through remote devices. It offers 7-layer protection with containment technology, Web URL Filtering, Firewall, Antivirus, Host Intrusion Prevention and Viruscope.

The best part of Comodo Endpoint Protection is the containment technology that works on Artificial Intelligence, it moves the suspicious files to a virtual environment so it doesn’t interfere with the normal operations of the computer. This is also combined with a future-proof concept called viruscope that helps to analyze the suspicious files while it generates a report for the user to understand about the actions and processes of the suspicious files. By this way, users can certainly stay ahead of threats like keylogger malware.

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Are existing endpoint security controls capable of preventing a significant attack?

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According to Minerva Labs, a leading anti-evasion technology provider to enterprise endpoints stated on April 25th, 2018 that, “endpoint security solutions are failing to provide adequate protections to address today’s security threats, specifically malware”. Adding more news to the finding, a significant number of the surveyed respondents indicated to an increasing concern of predominant malware breach in the next year.

They also pointed out that the need of the hour is for a robust endpoint protection software that can address the rising threats rather than usual AV solution which best-fits stand-alone devices.

Last year witnessed an increased number of NSA state-grade exploit leaks, ransomware occurrences, an unbelievable number of cybersecurity meltdowns. Even after numerous iterations in endpoint security technologies, organizations could not evade the malware attacks.

The slight upward trend in attacks showcases that the hackers are constantly involved in finding out new ways to infiltrate through the Endpoint Security Controls. Nearly 48% of the respondents stated that the malware infections are same as the previous year while 32% claimed to have seen a steady increase.

The findings throw light on endpoint protection software that was successful enough to fend off all the latest malware attacks.

Nearly three-quarters of respondents deemed their endpoint security software to have safeguarded less than 70% of infections. Besides that, evasion techniques have always been a challenging area for endpoint security experts, these findings prove that present endpoint protection is not capable enough recognize sophisticated malware attacks.

Based on the survey findings, the malware analysis and forensic tools 32% and memory injection attack 24% accounted for the biggest concern due to avoidance. Nearly 24% raised concerns over the use of malicious documents.

Another two-thirds of respondents – 67% were worried that the existing endpoint security controls are incapable of protecting malware attack on the endpoints. Over half of the survey respondents, 53% of them wanted to have an effective endpoint security Controls in place instead of completely replacing their existing AV.

IT leaders about 39% said that operational aspects should be essentially taken into consideration while incorporating layer on the endpoint security controls besides security benefits. They wanted the new layers to function smoothly on low-resource systems.

Another 28% said that they want easy deployment and upgrades across multiple endpoints while 18% wanted absolutely zero interference with business applications in the system.

Day after day, it is noticed that the ransomware and other malware threats are steadily increasing but the turn-around time to free from the clutches is crucial today. About 41% of respondents said endpoint protection restored to a normal state within hours but more than 40% said it is either days or weeks to get to a normal state.

Eddy Bobritsky, CEO of Minerva Labs said, “The results from our survey indicate that while malware threats are still growing, endpoints remain highly vulnerable to a cyber-attack,” “We continue to see more complex and sophisticated threats, where traditional blocking and prevention mechanisms, such as antivirus, are no longer enough to keep endpoints safe.

Beyond merely relying on baseline anti-malware solutions to protect endpoints, companies should strengthen their endpoint security architecture to get ahead of adversaries, such as blocking off attempts to get around existing security tools.”

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