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The Best Software That Will Stop Keyloggers in Their Tracks

21 Nov

Identity theft can happen in many ways, but perhaps one of the most common methods of stealing your personal info has to be through keylogging. If you’ve been the victim of identity theft, whether it’s been something harmless like your dating site or something big like your personal email, and you don’t know how someone stole it, then most likely it was because of a keylogger. They’re sneaky, and can attack anyone.

A keylogger is an infection that stays on your computer/mobile device and records every keystroke you make. After logging all the information, it sends it back to the person who created it. If you’ve typed your passwords, a hacker can see them and use it to their advantage.

Kinds of Keyloggers

Keyloggers can come in two different types, hardware and software.stop keyloggers

Software Keyloggers

This keylogger stays inside your computer, cell phone or device. It runs in the background with you knowing, and the operating system helps support it. They record your keystrokes and make it into a single file, and then they’ll send it back to the hacker. They need Internet access to do that, however.

Keylogging software can be in the form of regular phone spy software such as mSpy and Flexispy – and is installed on computers and even cell phones. Souce : Spyzrus

Hardware Keyloggers

This is a device that plugs into the computer through a USB port or some other connection. With these, they’re contained inside the device itself, meaning that all data is inside the hardware, and it requires nothing on the computer. This means that it will be hard for the user to see, unless they notice the device plugged in.

In this article, we’ll cover how to protect against software keyloggers. Hardware keyloggers are only thwarted if you see it connected, and not only is that impossible, and you’re probably not that important for someone to do that, but all you have to do is check all the input slots to make sure nothing funny is plugged in.

Zemana Anti Logger Free

If the only program you need is something to stop keylogging, then this will do just fine. It doesn’t have many bells and whistles, but it does the job just fine. It installs a protector that will encrypt every single keystroke you make. Your information will be an unreadable mess when the hacker gets it. It is a quiet program, not sending you any notifications unless you’re running something that it’s not compatible with. Also, it’s the only program on here that has a free version compatible with 64-bit.

The full version of this program costs $29.95. This one comes with malware protection, include alerts, cloud protection, and defense against malware that could damage your finances. It’s good to have if you want to spend the extra money.

Spy Shelter STOP-LOGGER

This program has a bit more advanced features than the previous one. The free version contains your standard guard against keyloggers, but it also includes a guard against screen captures, and a guard against someone salvaging your clipboard. Like the previous one, it gently runs in the background and looks for trouble.

The premium version comes with more features, including 64-bit support, an audio guard, a webcam guard, and a network guard. For a little more, you can upgrade it to a firewall version, which includes everything the premium has plus a firewall.

Next Gen Anti Keyloggerkeylogger safety

This keylogger is user-friendly and does not need its own database to keep you protected, which means that it hogs less resources when you run it. It stops logging in its tracks by encrypting them and putting them inside the application itself, so they can’t steal it. It even has an option to show you its encryption of your keystrokes at real-time, so you can see what you’re doing.

This sounds good, but it does have its faults. For the free version it only works if you use Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari, so if you use Chrome or another browser, you’ll have to either switch or buy the premium, which includes more browsers. The premium also covers email clients, instant messengers, and 75 other programs. The ultimate package covers 108 programs.

Overall

Even with these things installed, it will never offer foolproof protection against keyloggers. Those hackers always make new ways of infecting your computers, and the protective software is never going to always be up to date. A few other ways to protect yourself include changing your passwords constantly and making sure that you’re using firewalls.

Keyloggers are the worst thing out there. Viruses can be inconvenient, but keyloggers can literally ruin lives by stealing your credit card information and revealing personal details about you in your email.

No one wants that, so you need to make sure that you’re protected. Don’t think that it won’t happen to you just because you’re not rich or famous. They attack anyone, from rich CEOs to the average Joe. So keep yourself protected!

Top 5 Screen Capture Tools

21 May

Screen shots, or captures, are super useful when creating things like slide presentations, tutorials, or you just want to share something you saw on your computer with a friend. Either way, there are ways to create great quality screen shots. Clicking the “print-screen” button is no longer necessary. The following products come in different price-points, while others are free. Keep that in mind if you are on a budget or don’t plan on using the software often. Continue Reading

Choosing the Right E-Mail Client

13 Feb

It seems that, with the emergence of browser-based email clients, the interest for dedicated email clients has waned. Microsoft even dropped its email client from Windows 7, shipping the system without one. But, that doesn’t mean that dedicated email clients don’t have anything to offer. Requirements that most people have for email clients are fairly simple, and they are mostly limited to its basic function: receiving emails. Of course, every client will do that, but it is preferable if the email is received and display with little fuss and no special effort from the user.  Let’s take a look at a couple of them. Continue Reading

Which Free PC Antivirus Software Should You Pick?

13 Feb

Ok, so you’ve finally set up your machine just the way you like it, and the only thing left now is to venture into the vast information ocean that is the World Wide Web. Wrong! Before you do that, you need to protect your PC properly, which means you should have your antivirus, firewall and antispyware installed and up-to-date. Now, most of us are somewhat lazy to invest time and effort (not to mention money) for the purpose of keeping our PC safe.

Especially if your surfing habits involve visiting secure and reputable websites. It’s all good, right until the moment you insert a USB drive which God knows where it’s been into your computer, and it starts wreaking havoc.

Apart from providing decent enough protection for your PC so you don’t have to worry every time you open up your browser, antivirus software has to meet several other requirements, depending on the needs of the user. Personally, I like my antivirus to be like a butler – does it’s work perfectly, without me even noticing. And of course, there is the issue of price. Therefore, here are some of the free alternatives for protecting your electronic pet, listed in no particular order whatsoever:

Avast Free Antivirus

Avast Free Antivirus performed well on the tests, and it was able to discover 99 percent of threats, which is around avast antivirus imagethe industry standard, counting the paid antivirus products as well. Where Avast truly gets to shine is the detection of zero-day security threats, being able to pick up 99 percent of them, which exceed the average of 95 percent by a wide margin. Also, it does a great job when it comes to false positives, it is simple to use and install, and it’s not very demanding, so it won’t hinder your system’s performance. Choosing Avast Free Antivirus as your antivirus is a no-brainer.

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition

As far as protection goes, AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition offers similar performance as Avast does. It was able to detect 99 percent of threats, the industry average. When it comes to zero-day threats, it is right up there with Avast, nearly 100 percent of the threat detected, although Avast is still slightly better. It reported a few false positives, but nothing you should worry about. AVG has a slight edge over its competitors regarding system performance, so if you have a PC that lack a bit of power, AVG is your best bet.

Check Point ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall

A juggenaut among the antiviruses, Check Point ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall is not quite as good as Avast or AVG in terms of protection, but it still does a pretty good job. Where it does excel is system requirements, so if you have an underpowered PC, you will not go wrong by choosing ZoneAlarm.  It detected nearly 100 recent of all known threats, which is great, but concerning zero-day threats, it picked up 91 to 93 percent, which is still not bad, but far below average of 95 percent. A good choice if you have an older PC, but other’s offer better protection.

These are by no means your only alternatives, but until you decide to really get into the matter, one of these three should be your first line of defense. For a paid alternative check my article about McAfee antivirus.

Worried about your kids online? You should be – read my article here.

Intel’s New Iteration of McAfee Anti-virus

21 Jan

McAfee Anti-virus

Founded in 1987, McAfee is a subsidiary owned by Intel and is a security software group based in the United States. Its PC security software’s reputation by critics and users is less than great. In 2012, McAfee Total Protection 2012 received mediocre reviews from Computer Shopper Magazine and CNET.

Users find McAfee’s products to be nuisances. The software constantly asks for users to update, and the update reminders can not be deactivated. If you do choose to update, the software will reboot the computer whether or not you are currently working at the time. This can result in loss of any work that has not been saved. McAfee’s customer support is said to be difficult to work with, or no help at all. The hardest issue to overcome when users want to part with McAfee, it’s not very easy to remove from your PC to install another anti-virus product.

On the positive side, McAfee has made successful enough products in terms of reviews by major tech magazines. Tech-savvy users, however, tend to go with other companies’ products to protect their computers as McAfee tends to provide only average protection and is not the most intuitive product on the market.

The Controversy

McAfee’s recent history is riddled in controversy. 2010 was a bad year for McAfee when millions of computers mcafee-free-logo1running Windows XP Service Pack 3 were affected by a fault in a McAfee update. Computers running in hospitals, stores, public services, and homes were unusable until McAfee made a fix for their own mistake.

More recently, John McAfee, the founder of the McAfee Anti-virus, made a YouTube video poking fun of the product. His erratic behavior has led Intel to sever ties with John McAfee and the McAfee name. In 2014, Intel officially renamed McAfee Anti-virus to Intel Security.

Intel Security

In early 2014, Intel announced the change of name at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas, Nevada. According to Intel, the software will remain unchanged, for now. Intel is planning to bring its security software to Android tablets, cell phones, and other wearable devices. These changes seem to be driven by Intel’s need to rebrand the product’s image and completely disassociate from John McAfee’s reputation.

Perhaps Intel has a mind to create an even better anti-virus product than McAfee has been previously. For now, they have decided that it would necessitate rebranding McAfee. Looking for a free Anti-virus software program instead – read this article.