Keystroke encryption ?

Discussion in 'privacy technology' started by TouchuvGrey, Feb 1, 2009.

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  1. TouchuvGrey

    TouchuvGrey Registered Member

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    i've been using a wireless keyboard ( and mouse )
    for quite a while now. i realize that the signals
    they send are only short range, but could possibly
    be intercepted. Is there any way of encrypting the
    information sent from my keyboard when i type
    in ( for instance ) a bank password ?

    ( mods, please feel free to move this question
    if another forum would be more appropriate for it )
     
  2. traxx75

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    Some wireless keyboard drivers have encryption built into them but I'd be somewhat sceptical of how secure they are. The regular RF types probably only use some basic form of XOR "encryption" and won't stand up to any real attempt to capture your keystrokes. It should stop your average neighbourly snooper from simply picking them up in the clear, though.

    Maybe get a Bluetooth keyboard and hope that the minimum key size is something decent :)

    I don't know of any "add-on" software that encrypts data between your keyboard and its receiver.
     
  3. caspian

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    I use Keyscrambler Premium.
     
  4. andyman35

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    Always use a virtual keyboard for typing in sensitive data.
     
  5. ambient_88

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    KeyScrambler only encrypts within the operating system. It cannot encrypt things such as the signal from your keyboard to its receiver.
     
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    Wouldn't a screen-logger compromise this?
     
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    Do you have one that you feel for certain will prevent a hardware keylogger from capturing keystrokes??
     
  10. andyman35

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    I use this one which has input modes no known keylogging or clipboard logger method can circumvent

    http://www.aplin.com.au/

    As for screenloggers it has a 'hover mouse mode' that will protect against all screenloggers except movie style screen recorders.Nothing is perfect in security of course but this will certainly offer a lot of protection.
     
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  11. Dregg Heda

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    Thanks for the info andy!

    PS: Any idea why WoT would have the site flagged as poor?
     
  12. Blue Ring

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    Maybe no known ways, but I'll bet it can be beat, even right now. :blink:

    I like what the author says about it on his site:

    "We believe that Neo’s SafeKeys will increase your security, but users should know that there is no 100% way to defeat ALL malicious keyloggers (keyloggers, mouseloggers, screenloggers and network loggers), and Neo’s SafeKeys does not proport to deliver 100% protection.

    By downloading Neo’s SafeKeys, you agree that there is no 100% way to defeat ALL malicious loggers, and that Neo’s SafeKeys does not proport to deliver 100% protection. Neo’s SafeKeys comes with absolutely no warranty or guarantee, real or implied."

    So don't say you weren't warned. ;)

    Though I still think its a great addition to anyone's antikeylogger arsenal. :thumb:
     
  13. andyman35

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    You're welcome and as for WOT I can't say however Browser defender and Finjan mark it as good.
     
  14. andyman35

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    As with anything related to pc security it's all about reducing the threat footprint the developer shows a refreshing honesty there.Even if this only protects against 90% of KLs every little helps as the Tesco advert says.;)
     
  15. jonw

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    Well back to the original topic Bluetooth keyboards seem to have good encryption as long as you change the key every month or so. It's really easy to do it only takes me about 30 seconds to change mine. The only real solution to this is to use a wired keyboard.
     
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