In addition to full-featured monitoring programs we decided to offer you an interesting and useful product — hardware keyloggers. Its installation is faster and configuration is easier.
We will show you the possibilities of such devices on the example of two of them: Hardware Keylogger Basic Edition with 4 Mb of memory for connection to PS / 2 and USB. They look like this:
The essence of the devices is extremely simple: they are installed between the keyboard and the computer and retain in its memory all the keys pressed on the keyboard. These keyloggers have a built-in flash drive of 4 Mb (this is quite a lot for a purely text information — more than 2000 pages), but there are also models with multiple gigabytes of memory.
They can’t be detected by a computer or anti-virus software, do not require drivers and work on any operating system. But let’s take everything in turn…
This is the keylogger for USB-keyboard:
You can install it between the computer and the keyboard, and it will start recording everything that is typed on it without manifesting itself. And if you press a secret key combination the keylogger will be recognized by the system as a flash drive. This flash drive will have a text log file, a couple of configuration files and a simple program for easy reading of the log. Everything is simple and functional.
And now about PS/2-version of this keylogger. Let’s open the box:
A pale purple device is a keylogger itself. It’s also installed between the computer and the keyboard and records the log. The second device is white — this is an adapter for turning the keylogger into USB-flash drive. However, it is not necessary. You can read the data from it directly through the PS/2 without need to stop recording.
On the first picture the keylogger is working, on the second it is connected via an adapter to save the log or configure the device.
It’s interesting that you do not need to turn off the computer to install these devices (also you don’t need to turn it on) and the keyboard continues to work normally. When you start using such a keylogger you’ll understand its main advantages immediately:
- It can be quickly installed and it’s very difficult to detect (looks like an adapter)
- You don’t need to be a computer user and know the password to install this device
- Keylogger will easily capture BIOS password, code TrueCrypt pass phrase or password to log into the OS.
Despite some limitations of PS\2 the device has an interesting interface for viewing log files and settings. To activate it you need to open a text editor (such as Notepad in MS Windows or anything similar) and press preconfigured secret keys. Keylogger will show its command interface right in the Notepad.
From this interface you can turn on and turn off the keylogger, view the recorded log, clean it, find specified lines in it, pick out the addresses of websites and e-mail, change the secret key combination, as well as check an on-off counter of the device.