What are keyloggers?

Software or hardware that tracks everything a user types, including usernames and passwords.

How they spread

Keyloggers commonly infect users via email attachments and infected websites. They can also be downloaded and installed by other malware already present on a victim’s machine.

What they are after

Keyloggers intercept a user’s keystrokes. They can be used legally, for example, by businesses to monitor what their employees do, but are frequently used for illicit purposes to capture sensitive information.

How to block keyloggers

As keyloggers primarily target passwords, we recommend you use two-factor authentication for your critical services, such as online banking accounts and email. To detect and remove keyloggers, use security software, such as Avira Free Antivirus.