A keylogger, also called a keystroke logger or system monitor, is an inconspicuous hardware device that monitors each keystroke a user types on a specific computer's keyboard. These devices are often used by hackers to obtain your login and password details.

The small battery-sized device acts as a connector between the user's keyboard and computer. As it resembles an ordinary keyboard plug, it is fairly easy for someone who wants to watch a user's behavior to actually hide the device in plain sight.

Below shows an example of a keylogger device, though others may be different shapes and colours:

without keylogger usb with keylogger usb
Usual USB connection of keyboard

Keylogger shown in black

You need to be particularly vigilant when using computer equipment in publicly accessible areas. You are also strongly recommended not to use Internet cafes due to the increased risk in these areas.


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