What is a hardware keylogger?
A hardware keylogger is a tiny electronic device capable of capturing keystrokes from a PS/2 or USB keyboard. A keylogger contains advanced electronic circuitry for monitoring a keyboard's USB or PS/2 connection, filtering keystroke data, and recording the data to internal memory. The built-in memory typically has several megabytes (or even gigabytes), meaning it can hold years-worth of typing. A hardware keylogger is completely undetectable for software running on the computer, such as anti-virus programs and security scanners. A hardware keylogger also requires no software or drivers, meaning the installation process can be done in a matter of seconds. Just plug the keylogger in-between the keyboard and the USB or PS/2 socket on the computer's rear side.
PS/2 hardware keylogger
The entry-level KeyGrabber PS/2 is a general-purpose keylogger, with prices starting at $38.99. It features a text-menu option for viewing logged keystroke data in a text editor, such as Notepad. Every KeyGrabber PS/2 also comes with a USB Download Accelerator as standard. This allows ultra-fast data download by accessing the entire log through a single file, using USB flash drive technology. The KeyGrabber PS/2 hardware keylogger comes with 16 MB or 2 GB memory, and is available in black, gray, and purple.
The KeyGrabber USB is a best-seller in the general-purpose USB keylogger segment. By entering the password the KeyGrabber USB keylogger may switch into a USB flash drive, providing instant access to the entire log file. The KeyGrabber USB hardware keylogger is valued by customers for its compatibility with all types of USB keyboards, including wireless keyboard, Mac keyboards, and keyboards with built-in hubs. Unlike other keyloggers available on the market, the KeyGrabber USB is completely undetectable for software. It is available on-line for a record price of $44.99.
Wi-Fi hardware keyloggers
One of the newest evolvements in hardware keylogger technology are keyloggers with remote access. KeeLog has created the most advanced keyloggers on the market, named the KeyGrabber Wi-Fi Premium and KeyGrabber Nano Wi-Fi. The KeyGrabber Wi-Fi series of keyloggers incorporates a built-in WLAN transceiver and TCP/IP stack, meaning it can connect to the Internet through a Wi-Fi Access Point. To do that, you must provide it some basic data, such as the Network ID and password (just like any WLAN device). Once connected to an Access Point, the keylogger will start sending E-mail reports with captured keystroke data to any recipient E-mail address you supply. This means you can keep track of what's happening on the monitored computer from any place throughout the world, just by checking your mailbox! The KeyGrabber Wi-Fi Premium and KeyGrabber Nano Wi-Fi also feature a TCP/IP interface, for on-demand access at any time. You can remotely download recorded data from the keylogger, using special software delivered with the device. The control software can communicate with multiple Wi-Fi hardware keyloggers, allowing creating entire networks of wireless keyloggers. This solution is particularly recommended for monitoring several computers in a household, or controlling employee productivity in companies.
What about software keyloggers?
Software keyloggers are considered to be an alternative to hardware keyloggers. However, they inherit all the problems any other software security application would have:
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- Fully detectable from OS task manager and anti-virus programs
- Operating system dependent (Mac, Windows, Linux)
- Necessity to upgrade together with operating system
- Access required in order to install (usually with administrative rights)
- Per-installation licensing
- No logging possible during computer power-up
Who are we?
KeeLog is the leading manufacturer of hardware keyloggers. The KeyGrabber series of keyloggers has sold in 50,000+ units worldwide, making it the most successful product in its class. KeeLog has created the concept of a keylogger operating as a USB stick for retrieving data, which is the standard mode of operation for modern keyloggers. KeeLog has also introduced the first PS/2 keylogger with USB data retrieve, the first Wi-Fi wireless keylogger, and the first miniature video-loggers.
Who uses a hardware keylogger?
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- Parents, for monitoring kids
- Employers, for monitoring employee performance
- IT administrators, for collecting statistics
- Police and investigators, for collecting evidence
- Writers, for making a backup of typed text
- Shops and stores, for keeping track of barcode-scanner data
- ...and everyone else, for keeping track what's happening on their computer!
Time and date-stamping
The KeyGrabber TimeKeeper series contains a built-in time-tracking module and battery. The keylogger will create time and date stamps in the log file, meaning you can gain information not only what keys were pressed, but also the exact time they were pressed. The TimeKeeper series is targeted especially at forensic applications, where timestamps often are a crucial part of evidence. TimeKeeper keyloggers, just like all other KeyGrabber products, offer the option of data encryption with a 128-bit key. This ensures that the data has not been tampered with and may serve as legal evidence.
What information can a hardware keylogger give?
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- Who is using my computer and how?
- What are my kids doing on the computer?
- Is my partner cheating on me?
- Are my employees actually working, or wasting time?
- How is company equipment being used?
A hardware keylogger is a clever concept, but it primarily provides keystroke information. It cannot provide much information about what was really happening on the target computer. Why not take key logging to the next level and log entire screenshots instead of only keystrokes? That's precisely what KeeLog did with the world's first hardware video-logger: the VideoGhost. The VideoGhost is a tiny frame grabber that silently records screenshots and stores them as JPEGs to an internal 2GB flash disk. Simply connect the video-logger to the computers DVI, VGA, or HDMI port, and it will automatically take a snapshot every few seconds. To view the recorded images, simply switch the device to flash drive mode, and it'll pop-up as a removable disk containing recorded JPEGs. Just like hardware keyloggers, the VideoGhost video-logger is a purely electronic device, meaning it requires no software or drivers, and does not interfere with the standard video transmission to the monitor or TV.