8 Tips for Preventing Hackers From Invading Your Computer and Stealing Information

Start today stopping hackers from capturing key strokes off your computer.

While you may be unaware of this hacking technique, it’s the fastest growing malware threat being optimized by todays cyber-criminals. Called Keylogging, this spyware records everything – every stroke you type – into your keyboard.  In fact, you may be under the hand of malicious cyber-fraud keylogger malware right now.

“This is a particularly dangerous”, says Mike Mullins former network security administer for the U.S. Secret Service and Defense Information Systems Agency, “because typically the individual doesn’t realize they’re (being monitored) or the software is even there.”  Which allows the keylogger to stay hidden in the background while gaining access to a wide variety of both personal and financial information and accounts. In fact, a good keylogger proficiently captures your user names and password as you type them into your computer.

This hostile action shows no sign of abating.  “Threats are continuing to mount” says Mullins.

Keystroke logging, often referred to as keylogging or keyboard capturing: Is the action of recording (logging) the keys struck on a keyboard. Typically this is done covertly so the individual using the keyboard is unaware their actions are being monitored.

Believe it or not, these malicious keyloggers gather your information and send it to an encrypted file on your computer; which only they have access to. Unless you have reason to take your computer in for repair or a checkup, it may never be discovered or detected.

Here’s how it works says StrikeForce.com, producers of GuardedID:

“Traditional keystroke data flows through a series of steps before it appears on your monitor. Hidden in these steps is an area of vulnerability where cyber criminals try to take advantage using keylogging spyware.”

Bottom line – each time you log into – the Internet, to a banking site, to your email, regardless where you are online – keylogger malware captures your data.

For example:

* Usernames
* Passwords
* Financial account info
* Personal data
* Credit card info and much more.

Worse – if you’re shopping online –

and regardless whether you’re using a secure browser, it isn’t enough to protect you and your credit card information from being captured and stolen by keystroke loggers. Technically you should have a software which countermands or stops the keylogging.

Once one of these malicious keylogging programs is installed in your computer:


All the hacker need do is activate the program and they have access to every keystroke, every word, you’ve typed since last activating the malware. Some of these programs are so sophisticated they even sort the data according to date and time. And then categorize the information. For example – websites, email, financial info.

If that’s not enough:

Hacking into people’s health records, and stealing personal information, has now become one of the top pieces of personal property hackers are stealing.

And your own keystrokes can lead them to that invaluable info.

Privileged information such as:

* Formal name
* Address
* Date of birth
* Social Security number
* Financial and personal information
* Other privileged info

And that’s just to start.

In fact, whenever you type your Social Security number or other personal identifying information (PII), you’re exposed to identity theft.

In 2014 a sophisticated group of Chinese hackers:

well-known for stealing prescription drug formulas, blueprints for health devices as well as performing other corporate espionage on top drug brands and medical developers, suddenly began stealing health records. While keylogging was also part of their tactics, according to a Bloomberg News post, this particular group unexpectedly began stealing individual health records. Which generally is the province of identity thieves.

Community Health Systems, a Franklin, Kentucky based health system, suddenly found themselves hacked; 4.5 million individual health records – going back 5 years – had been appropriated from their systems. Included in every one of those records was not only names and addresses but social security numbers, financial info, dates of birth. These files contained all manner of privileged information.

Security consultant Charles Carmackal, Managing Director of Mandiant Security Consulting, said they’d been tracking this group from China for 4 years; calling them “APT 18”. And while the group typically targeted the aerospace industry, defense, construction, engineering, technology and financial services as well as the healthcare industry, they were now discovered targeting medical insurance providers.

While there’s a variety of reasons experts have come up with regarding the hacking of this medical data, and why they’re also using keylogging to capture more, the top reason is the data was highly valuable. And could easily be sold on the black market, to the highest bidder, for millions.

For the average person, these threats don’t seem real. Yet there are legions of hackers, cyber fraudsters and keyloggers ready, willing and able to steal your personal and financial data, your cash and credit. And more joining this community of criminals daily. Unfortunately, only at the point when an individual, or someone they know, has their bank account drained by a malicious hacker, their credit stolen, do people begin to sit up and take notice.

While all this information is troubling, to say the least, keyloggers can also do the following:

* Take over your webcam
* Capture contents of your online clipboard
* Watch your screen as you browse the Internet

What are the counter measures you can take to prohibit keylogging?

1. Use sites which encrypt your information; especially if purchasing or paying for something. These sites are those beginning with https:// rather than http://.

2. Invest in keystroke protection. This can be purchased in both software and hardware. Either of these can store, and protect, your information from being seized by a keylogger.

3. Using Windows?  Consider locking down your desktop by setting the appropriate ‘user rights’ through the security policy.

4. Consider investing in a commercial lockdown program like Fortres 101 for Windows or Deep Freeze Enterprise for Windows, Macs, Linux, OS X.

5. Be sure to create a ‘user account’ for each individual who uses your computer or in your network.

6. Change your ‘user’ name on your computer. Access the ‘Properties’ section of your computer to do this.

7. Set up new ‘user options’. For example days and time/s of day when this user can access the computer.

8. Set an expiration date for account access for each individual user.

While cyber-crime is exploding worldwide and the number of new threats growing daily, as an internet user it makes good sense to beef up your computer’s defenses.

Authors:  J.L. Serio and the Staff at Cyber Fraud Protect

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One of the fastest-growing malware threats are keyloggers who steal your login credentials and other data by recording everything you type. Keyloggers can also take over your webcam, capture the contents of your clipboard, and watch your screen.

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