Protect Yourself Against Keyloggers
The human factor is the weakest point in your security posture and may be used against you regardless of how secure your network, computers, and software are. Traditional security measures are insufficient to stop these attacks. Using phishing test platforms that replicate phishing attacks is an effective security measure.
Nov 23, 2022 4:37 am
Keyloggers are one of the most common and deadly cybersecurity threats that are often difficult to detect. Unlike other types of malware, such as viruses, which can crash a computer or destroy its hard drive, a keylogger typically steals personal information, such as passwords or credit card numbers.
It has become a significant threat to users who spend the majority of their time on the internet, as well as people who use online banking systems, because it is a type of malware that records keystrokes and sends them back to the cybercriminal. When this malware sends that information back to the cybercriminals, they may find it all too easy to gain full access to accounts, banking systems, or even bitcoin wallets.
A keylogger has several functionalities;
Capture the contents of texts and emails.
Send stored logs to a remote place in the form of HTML.
Keep records of all installed applications on a user’s device.
Keep screenshots of web visits.
Keep a record of all passwords entered by a user and instant texting.
There are many ways to protect against keyloggers, however, these steps improve your chances.
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1- Use up-to-date anti-virus software
Antivirus software safeguards computer systems against viruses, worms, trojans, and other malicious software. To protect yourself from malware, keep your antivirus software up to date to identify and prevent infection from new viruses. It is critical that the software can detect non-virus threats such as spyware, keystroke loggers, and other malicious software.
2- Use an Internet firewall
A firewall is a software or hardware that acts as a barrier between your computer and potentially hazardous Internet material. It is an excellent defense against keyloggers since it closely monitors computer activities. When the firewall detects software attempting to transmit data, it will either ask for permission or display a warning. While connected to the Internet, this barrier can prevent unwanted parties from obtaining access to your computer or installing viruses on it.
3- Update your computer system
Security updates and patches for browsers and operating systems are critical for detecting vulnerabilities and protecting your computer from viruses, worms, and other threats.
4- Avoid Installing programs and downloading email attachments
Installing apps and accessing email attachments from unknown or untrustworthy sources should be avoided. Malicious extensions can be accidentally downloaded from emails. If you are unsure about an attachment, do not open it and, if in doubt, discard it.
5- Install a password manager
One limitation of keyloggers is that they cannot record what is not typed. As a result, auto-filling forms become useful. Keyloggers cannot obtain a password that is filled in automatically by your PC without any keystrokes. Using a password manager to manage your passwords will protect your data from keyloggers.
6- Train your employees
The most straightforward strategy to battle keyloggers and other forms of malware that endanger any institution is to educate your personnel about cyber attacks and information-stealing methods such as cyber spying. When it comes to cyber security, even large firms are vulnerable to phishing, ransomware, data breaches, and malware assaults, which not only cost millions of dollars but also harm their reputations.
Keepnet Labs’ Security Awareness Training program includes high-quality web-based interactive video training, simulated phishing attacks, live demonstration videos, and short exams. The awareness training program is designed to teach employees about the mechanisms of phishing, spear phishing, spam, malware, and social engineering attacks, as well as to ensure changes in their daily behavior in the face of cyber threats.
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Organizations can better prepare for social engineering attacks with the use of Keepnet’s security awareness training and simulated phishing testing.
Today’s organizations are struggling to recruit, hire, and retain talented workers, which is making the situation more challenging and posing an increasing risk to their operations globally. Keepnet offers solutions like employee education and training to enhance security so that these organizations may meet the security standards demanded by the government and other affiliates.
Security awareness is essential to recognize and counter potential security threats at these organizations and to be proactive against prospective security threats in and around high-risk zones.