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A Key Stroke Logger – Good or Evil?

Posted by techie on August 3, 2006

Doing computer security one of the worst things you can hear is that a computer has a keystroke logger on it. The only thing I could see being worse than a keystroke logger is some virus, worm or trojan horse that actually shuts your entire computer down. Otherwise, a keystroke logger is scary. Working in the healthcare industry I’m espescially concerned about a keystroke logger since that is a major HIPAA violation. Think about the passwords that could be caught by a keystroke logger. That password could open up your entire network to unauthorized access and you would have no way of knowing what was authorized and unauthorized access to your network.

Despite people’s inherent fear of keystroke loggers, they aren’t always bad. SpectorSoft has created a keystroke logger for home or businesses. This is a perfect way to keep track of what’s happening at home at work. Normally, a keystroke logger wouldn’t have any value for a home or business. However, SpectorSoft has done something that I haven’t personally seen in any other keystroke logger. They correlate the keystrokes by application, date and time. Finally the keystroke logging data is useful with little work involved.

Read a description of Spector Pro’s key logger:

Spector Pro includes what many consider to be the BEST key logger on the market, saving keystrokes by application, by date and time.

With Spector Pro, you will know what was typed, where and when it was typed, and you will also know WHO typed it because Spector Pro keeps a record of who is logged into the computer.

The Spector Pro Keystroke Recording tool will document every key typed on the PC keyboard. Spector Pro not only captures standard alphanumeric keystrokes, but also records “hidden” characters and keystroke combinations, such as the Shift and Ctrl key, as well as “true” keystrokes which may other-wise appear differently on screen (such as an * when a password is typed).

Keystroke recordings are organized chronologically by Application and by Window allowing you to easily differentiate between what is typed in a word processing document, email, spreadsheet, or Internet browser (even passwords).

I’m still concerned with keystroke loggers, but at least now I can see why a keystroke logger could be quite useful.


2 Responses to “A Key Stroke Logger – Good or Evil?”

  1. Interesting point. There is definately a need for them as internet use at for non work related items on the job is rising. However, the installer must truly know what they are looking to gain before installing the system. As you said, there are definately security (and marital…) risks involved!

  2. techie said

    That “marital” comment made me laugh. I honestly hadn’t thought about monitoring my wife. I was thinking more of the kids. I guess all the myspace and predators has got me on edge about keeping track of the kids. I guess I also just completely trust my wife and would never consider the need, but honestly I don’t think she would care if there was one on our computer.

    My whole premise on any sort of monitoring software(like keystroke logging) is that if you have nothing to hide then you won’t care. If you handle it wrong then I could see some problems, but just blame it on the children and all will go well.

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