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Passwords and keyloggers


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I can understand having a password of mixed up characters so that it not obviously your dog's, daughter's name or birthdate etc. but surely to a keylogger it doesn't matter how complicated it is configuered as any key is logged. The computer values each character equally, surely.

Am I wrong about this? Advice please.
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Well, you are right about this. A keylogger doesn't mind if the password is long or short, complicated or easy to break. The computer does value each character equally.

Do you need any help with removing keyloggers? If so, I suggest you visit the malware forum.
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Landlord: Thanks for that - not in need of keylogger help (I hope) - just a query to keep my passwords relatively easy.
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Easy for you = easy for someone else.

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Hi there,

A good way to trick a keylogger (if a system has one, or if you're unsure) is to use the delete function. By that, add an extra character within your password, and once your complete password is entered (with extra character), then navigate the cursor back and delete it before hitting the "enter" button.

A keylogger will capture all of your keyboard character inputs - wrong character included! But of course, you deleted it, so your password will be correct when you sign in...

Cheers

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Interesting idea but won't the keylogger 'understand' the deletes?

Edited by Plutox, 09 April 2008 - 08:15 AM.

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Hi again,

The point specifically for this to work is this: A keylogger follows keyboard movements - but not mouse movements. So by using your mouse to position the cursor and then delete the incorrect character (to finally obtain a correct password), the keylogger will end up with the wrong jumble. :)

Cheers

Troy
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