How to Create a Simple Keylogger

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A keyboard Logger is intended to record the keystrokes that a user inputs on a computer keyboard in addition to other user actions. There are a number of legitimate reasons to employ a keyboard logger. 1: Determining sources of error in applications or computer systems; 2: Studying human-computer interaction (HCI); and 3: Using results from HCI studies to determine how to increase employee productivity. Keyboard logging also has been used by police agencies as well as computer hackers as a means to gain further access to computing systems and bypassing security. Keyboard loggers are most commonly made from software, but they can also be created using hardware to record keyboard strokes and mousing actions. The easiest means to create a simple key logger is to use third-party software that is tailored for one's needs.

  • Navigate your web browser to System Keylogger's website and download the free trial version of System Keylogger's Software. A nontrial version costs $59.99 for an unlimited license on one computer. Other examples of keylogging third-party products on the market are the Perfect Keylogger by BlazingTools.com and Keystroke Logger from CNET at Download.com.

  • Install the System Keylogger software on the computer on which it will be used.

  • After installation, select the "Start Key Logging" option of the application.

  • Review the Key Log file after the targeted event or time frame has passed.

Tips & Warnings

  • The Key Logger software gives the system administrator the choice of whether to notify the end-user that her activity is being monitored. The Key Logger output can be generated in plain text or HTML format.
  • Ensure you are legally allowed to install a keyboard logger on the target computer before you do so.

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