Keyboard monitoring software is an application that can intercept keystrokes. Depending on the intention of the person who deploys the keyboard monitoring software, it can cause a serious threat or be a useful tool.
Uses of Keyboard Monitoring Software
Keyboard monitoring software can be useful in the workplace, particularly, with monitoring employees’ activities. Employers can install keyboard monitoring software on work computers. This enables them to see employees’ online searches, social media activities, and data input. If an employee attempts to do any malicious activities, it can be detected immediately. Many companies have started using keyboard monitoring software to improve productivity.
Keyboard monitoring software can also be used in monitoring children’s activities. Parents who want to ensure their children’s safety on the World Wide Web can install keyboard monitoring software on their children’s devices. They can install it on their laptops and smartphones. This enables them to see their children’s personal conversation. They can see their chat threads, call logs, and online searches. If they are talking to suspicious people, parents can block those people and warn their children.
Keyboard monitoring software can also be used to monitor spouses. If you suspect that your partner is cheating on you, you can install keyboard monitoring software on his/her device. You will be able to see his/her personal conversations when the keyboard monitoring software transmits the information remotely to you. This can confirm your suspicions.
One of the dangers of keyboard monitoring software is it can be used to steal personal information. Hackers install keyboard monitoring software on personal computers, smartphones, and work computer to steal data. Then they use those stolen information to make unauthorized transactions.
These are the common uses of keyboard monitoring software today. What should you do if you suspect that your device has a hidden keyboard monitoring software? Find it out here.
3 Ways to Detect Keyboard Monitoring Software
Nobody wants to get their personal information and conversation compromised. So here are the effective ways to detect keyboard monitoring software:
Step no. 1 - Task Manager
If you want to detect a hidden keyboard monitoring software on your computer, check Task Manager. It allows you to see the application that are currently running on the computer. You will be able to see keyboard monitoring software there if it’s active.
- Press Ctrl + Alt + Del
- Go to the Processes tab
- Look for any suspicious application *with suspicious name and publisher
- Click on it then click on End Process at the bottom of the box
That’s how to spot keyboard monitoring software in Task Manager.
Step no. 2 - Programs and FeaturesOnce you have spotted the malicious application in Task Manager, you can uninstall it from Programs and Features.
- Click on Start
- Go to Control Panel
- Programs and Features
- Look for the same application found in Task Manager
- Right click on it and uninstall it
That should have removed the keyboard monitoring software from your computer.
Step no. 3 - Anti Malware Software
If you want to ensure complete keyboard monitoring removal, download a trusted anti malware software. Once installed, you can scan your computer for malware. This detects and removes other types of malware lurking on your computer. You are guaranteed that your computer is malware-free.
Comodo Advanced Endpoint Protection for Enterprises
For companies with endpoint devices, Comodo Advanced Endpoint Protection is highly recommended. It is an endpoint security solution designed to protect the business network and endpoint devices.
Comodo Advanced Endpoint Protection detects keyboard monitoring software by constantly monitoring the keyboard against direct access. If an application attempts to access the keyboard, Comodo Advanced Endpoint Protection notifies the endpoint user enabling him/her to allow or block the application.
Comodo Advanced Endpoint Protection also prevents unregistered threats from infecting endpoint devices. By automatically containing any unknown file that reaches endpoint devices, Comodo Advanced Endpoint Protection verifies the reputation of the file.
Comodo Advanced Endpoint Protection also prevents inbound and outbound threats. It protects the network and endpoint devices from all sorts of threats by filtering network traffic. It also monitors data transmission to detect any malicious activities.
Keyboard monitoring software has different uses. But if it is used as malicious software, it must be detected and blocked immediately.
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