How to Protect Personal Information against Keyloggers

M. Xu, B. Salami, and C. Obimbo (Canada)


Keyloggers, spyware, virus signatures.


As hackers can easily abuse Keyloggers to gather information about a person or an organization; Keyloggers are a serious threat to the privacy and security of computer users. In this paper, we provide a detailed analysis of the mechanisms of three main types of Keyloggers on Windows XP, 2000 and NT operating systems, namely kernel based Keyloggers, thread based Keyloggers and hook based Keyloggers. We also present several counter measures against these key loggers and anti-Keylogger software that is able to block all hook based Keyloggers.

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