Kaspersky stops keylogging with virtual keyboards

By Justin Mann on July 1, 2008, 8:10 PM
Keylogging is an old but real danger in computer security. The concept is simple: capture keystrokes that someone is making and pilfer all sorts of useful information, such as usernames and passwords. Once a machine has become compromised it's a bit hard to prevent keylogging from happening, but Kaspersky aims to make it a thing of the past. Apparently, their new security suite features a virtual keyboard that can prevent keylogging altogether.

The exact mechanisms they use to accomplish this aren't revealed, but essentially the user is presented with an on-screen keyboard (such as most modern desktop operating systems come with) that accepts mouse input and prevents would-be thieves from listening in on hardware keystrokes sent to the machine.

This has been done in the past, though Kaspersky is making it a stock option with their newer software. In an Internet that is plagued by identify theft it's certainly a novel idea, if not a new one. As security software evolves, so does malicious software right along with it. For some reason I envision the keylogger of the future which will capture the location of the mouse at various click points and try to match it to a virtual keyboard.




User Comments: 2

Got something to say? Post a comment
TimeParadoX said:
Windows comes with a on-screen keyboard ( type osk in run ) and it'll offer the same protection, if you're really worried about keyloggers then don't visit sites with urls like "www.hackmeandspinmyharddrivebackwards.com" :>
mut80r said:
[b]Originally posted by TimeParadoX:[/b][quote]Windows comes with a on-screen keyboard ( type osk in run ) and it'll offer the same protection, if you're really worried about keyloggers then don't visit sites with urls like "www.hackmeandspinmyharddrivebackwards.com" :>[/quote]Lmao. :)
Load all comments...

Add New Comment

TechSpot Members
Login or sign up for free,
it takes about 30 seconds.
You may also...
Get complete access to the TechSpot community. Join thousands of technology enthusiasts that contribute and share knowledge in our forum. Get a private inbox, upload your own photo gallery and more.