key·​log·​ger | \ ˈkē-ˌlȯ-gər How to pronounce keylogger (audio) , -ˌlä- \

Definition of keylogger

: a piece of software that records the signals sent from a keyboard to a computer usually for the purpose of gaining information about the user without the user's knowledge Malware works most commonly by installing a keylogger or some other form of spyware that watches what you type or see.— Mat Honan

Examples of keylogger in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tap or click here for warning signs your tech has been infected with a virus or keylogger. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "5 common tech problems gone with these easy solutions," 22 Oct. 2020 Once installed, the malware would use a variety of techniques to steal: a keylogger to grab passwords, or creating fake banking pages to trick someone into voluntarily entering their credentials. Wired, "Alleged Russian Hacker Behind $100 Million Evil Corp Indicted," 5 Dec. 2019 Those techniques can force TVs to show whatever video a hacker chooses, display phishing messages that ask for the viewer's passwords, inject keyloggers that capture the user's remote button presses, and run cryptomining software. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, "Watch a Drone Take Over a Nearby Smart TV," 11 Aug. 2019 Daniel Lockhart also claimed Powell provided the keylogger and showed his how to install it on his grandmother's computers. Ashley Remkus,, "Morgan sheriff and deputies acted criminally in probe of blogger and warden, judge says," 27 Apr. 2018 Mycicil, a keylogger created by underground hackers in China. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "China-based hackers burrow inside satellite, defense, and telecoms firms," 20 June 2018 Detecting keyloggers can range from being very easy to very difficult depending upon how and what was installed. Ken Colburn, azcentral, "How to detect keyloggers on your computer or smartphone," 7 June 2018 The malware also comes with a variety of Windows components that provide among other things a reverse shell, a keylogger, and a mechanism for recording Skype conversations. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Found: New Android malware with never-before-seen spying capabilities," 16 Jan. 2018 Wylie said Russian officials could easily have stolen the data from Kogan's laptop with a simple keylogger, which is software that can be installed remotely to track which keys are struck on a computer keyboard. Erin Kelly, USA TODAY, "Russia may have Facebook users' data mined by Cambridge Analytica, whistleblower says," 16 May 2018

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1993, in the meaning defined above

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