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One-up keyloggers with KeyScrambler

Posted By Ashraf On May 10, 2009 @ 12:04 AM In Freeware Reviews,Tips 'n Tricks | 17 Comments

I hate keyloggers. Hate, hate, hate. I am not sure anyone likes keyloggers (besides the scum who use them for evil purposes). If you like keyloggers please tell me so I can ban you. I am only half joking.

To protect ourselves from scumware such as keyloggers, there are security programs such as Avira [1], Kaspersky, Norton, Threatfire [1], Malwarebytes [1], etc. etc. For the most part, these security programs help keep our computer safe (or at least they should). However what if you want extra protection – that extra *umph*? If you want that extra *umph*, give KeyScrambler a try.

KeyScrambler is program that “encrypts” your keystrokes so if a keylogger picks it up it has no idea what the keystrokes are. As per the developer, this is how KeyScrambler works:

When you type on your keyboard, the keys travel along a path within the operating system before it arrives at your browser. Keyloggers plant themselves along this path and observe and record your keystrokes. The collected information is then sent to the criminals who will use it to steal from you.

KeyScrambler defeats keyloggers by encrypting your keystrokes at the keyboard driver level, deep within the operating system. When the encrypted keystrokes reach your browser, KeyScrambler then decrypts them so you see exactly the keys you’ve typed. Keyloggers can only record the encrypted keys, which are completely indecipherable.

If I ever have a chat with the developer my one question to him/her would be:

If KeyScrambler can gain access to the keystrokes at the driver level what prevents keyloggers from doing the same?

Regardless of answer to the above question, I can personally attest that KeyScrambler does in fact work as the developer claims. I tested out KeyScrambler with two free, yet popular, keyloggers I know of. Both keyloggers recorded junk when KeyScrambler was on as opposed to properly recording my keystrokes when KeyScrambler was off. Of course no security program is perfect: I am sure sooner or later someone will come up with a keylogger that defeats KeyScrambler. However so far I am very impressed with this application.

Unfortunately KeyScrambler Personal, the free version, only works with Internet Explorer, Firefox and Flock. If you want KeyScrambler to work with other browsers/programs you will need to purchase either Professional or Premium. Also keep in mind that KeyScrambler is the “extra umph” – it is not to be used as your main line of defense against keyloggers. Please do not uninstall your other anti-scumware applications thinking that KeyScrambler will protect you now. If you don’t have any other security applications check out my article on 12 free security applications [1] which will provide you with excellent protection.

All things considered, if you feel you need extra protection against keyloggers, KeyScrambler is a worthy consideration. You can download KeyScrambler from the following link (you will be prompted to install Internet Explorer, Firefox and/or Flock plugins during installation):

***KeyScrambler works on all Windows from Windows 2000 and up

KeyScrambler homepage [2] [direct download KeyScrambler Personal [3]]


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[1] Avira: http://dottech.org/tipsntricks/3174

[2] KeyScrambler homepage: http://www.qfxsoftware.com/

[3] direct download KeyScrambler Personal: http://www.qfxsoftware.com/download/KeyScrambler_Setup.exe

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