If you are looking to implement a keylogger for the purpose of monitoring your child or an employee in the workplace you will find that there are basically two different categories of keyloggers. One type is known as a hardware keylogger and the other kind is a software keylogger. This type of program is designed for any type of legal use and logs all of your keystrokes and computing activities. If you are unsure about the difference between a hardware keylogger and keylogger software here is a comparison of the two programs to help you decide which one is appropriate for your needs.
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When you have decided that there is a need for a keylogger to be set up to track a user’s actions on the computer, you will have to choose between two major keylogger types, each of which have unique benefits. Depending on your needs and experience with computers, there is a significant difference in the usage of these two types.
The other large category is hardware-based keyloggers, which serve the same purpose, but are fundamentally different in the way of achieving their goal. They are fully self-contained hardware units that are attached to the computer, most usually as a plug between the keyboard and the computer, and they require no software to be set up. Different to software keyloggers, all the data is stored on the piece of hardware, and it never appears on the computer that is being monitored.
Consequently, the only way to retrieve the stored data is by retrieving the hardware unit itself. As the data is not stored on the computer, it can’t be accessed while the keylogger is working, nor is it vulnerable to anti-spyware software or hard drive crashes, which would usually erase software keylogger data.
Hardware keylogger is inserted between the keyboard and the USB (or PS/2) port. It also contains its own CPU to avoid drawing on the resources of your computer. Some of the USB keylogger devices are equipped with WiFi so you can access the data by logging into your email account.
Keylogger software is a program that you download and install on your PC. It is often downloaded from reputable websites for the purpose of monitoring the computing activity of your child, employee, or as a means of retrieving your data in the event your PC crashes.
When you download keylogger software it runs in stealth mode which means it is invisible to the PC user. Although the software is installed on the hard drive it is not visible if you look for it in any files or folders. Instead it takes a password in order to make it visible.
Keylogger software is capable of sending logs of recorded data to your email account or a File Transfer Protocol address on a local server where you can access it. With some programs that are used for parental control you can also block questionable websites and applications that you do not want your child to access.
Regardless of whether your use a hardware keylogger or a keylogger software it is important to be aware that it can be used for positive purposes or negative purposes. The proper way to use keyloggers is for the good and the positive.
Personalizing Comparison Keyloggers
Choosing the keylogger type most suited for you depends entirely on your purposes. Here are a few things worth considering:
Stealth - software keyloggers can be discovered with the use of proper anti-spyware software, while hardware keyloggers do not interact with the system in any way. They can also be integrated in the computer’s keyboard, making them very hard to detect.
Accessibility - the only way to read data stored on a hardware keylogger is to manually remove it from the affected computer, while software keyloggers can send the logs via email.
Security – software keylogger data can theoretically be hijacked by other people using the computer it is installed on, or sometimes the log files can even be intercepted by spyware viruses. Hardware keyloggers, on the other hand, if discovered, can be physically removed and investigated.
Complexity – more advanced software keyloggers might need a higher level of preparedness, and installing them isn’t sometimes as easy as you’d wish. Hardware keyloggers are mostly “plug and play” enabling a quick and easy setup.