What is Spyware?
Spyware is a type of malware that is used to monitor your activities.
It can monitor your browser settings, searches, and steal your username and passwords.
Criminals have a lot of different options if they want to eavesdrop on you. One particular type of spyware called keyloggers can record all of your keystrokes. Recording your keystrokes will allow an attacker to gain access to your account information!
How can you fall victim to keyloggers?
Keyloggers can be installed on your device the same way other malware does, through social engineering. Watch out for file attachments or links that come through email, texts, messaging, or other social networks. Many keyloggers can also slip other malware on your system as well, such as ransomware, viruses, or other spyware.
There are also hardware keyloggers!
Hardware keyloggers are devices that are plugged in between the computer and the keyboard. Some even have the means to communicate via the network. An attacker can control and monitor a device remotely! This can open up the gates for various scenarios:
- If the hardware is plugged into a public PC that you used to do some shopping, your card and account information can be compromised.
- Or, what if someone gains access to your banks officers workstation? The attacker has all kinds of data they can use.
How to Protect Yourself
- Always make sure your device and anti-malware/anti-virus software is up-to-date. Security updates are essential in protecting against vulnerability software.
- Watch out for social engineering attempts like fraudulent emails or texts.
- Keep an eye out for unusual devices that may be attached to your workstation. Hardware keyloggers will try to blend in with your devices.