What is Keylogging?
Keystroke logging (often called keylogging) is the act of tracking, recording, capturing or logging the keys typed on a keyboard. The keyboard can be on a computer, tablet or mobile device, although most of the software that is currently available is designed for computers. The data that is captured is then stored locally on the computer, uploaded to a cloud storage, or sent via email.
How is KeyLogging Done?
Keylogging is usually done in a covert manner so that the person using the computer is unaware that their activity is being monitored and recorded. There are numerous key logging methods, ranging from hardware and software-based approaches, to electromagnetic and acoustic analysis.
Key-logging software is the most commonly used approach and is most readily available. To use this approach, you must purchase the software and install it on the device you wish to track. Before making a purchase, we recommend that you research the legality of using such software in your state, as using such programs may be illegal. The following software-based programs are designed to work on a computer’s operating system:
Elite Keylogger (Standard Edition) Software – Elite Keystroke Recorder is the most powerful surveillance recorder for monitoring and recording every detail of PC and Internet activity at home and in the office. Additionally, it’s a totally invisible keystroke recorder.
Elite (PRO Edition) Software – The PRO software edition provides the same features as the Standard edition.
Handy Keylogger Software – This package is a new version of award-winning keylogger which gives you full control over your PC, and is totally undetectable to other users. With this helpful tool it is possible to start stealth monitoring in several clicks after your free download is complete. The tool mainly features and does a very good job with four types of logs: key strokes log, clipboard log, screenshots and websites visited.
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Why are they used?
The point of recording what is being typed is to later retrieve the information for review. Following are examples of WHY someone might want to do this:
- Suspicious Parents – A parent might be suspicious of the emails or text messages their child is sending. So, they will install the program on their child’s computer or mobile device to monitor their behavior.
- Jealous Spouse or Partner – A jealous mate may want to keep track of their significant other’s online activity. Perhaps they suspect their mate may be cheating on them and want to know who their chatting with.
- Private Investigators – A private investigator may need to gather information as part of a case, often in one of the above circumstances. Suspicious parents or jealous spouses may hire a private investigator to do the dirty work for them. If you’re a private investigator, please be sure to investigate the legal issues surround the use of these programs and tools.
- Law Enforcement – Police officers and detectives may use the tools as a part of a surveillance mission, or in a forensic investigation.
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) – The FBI has used these tools in high profile cases to capture information in both domestic and international cases.
- Employers – Employers may want to keep track of their employees while they are on the clock.