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post #1 of Old 03-06-2012, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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Hi All,

Keystroke-logging software can be installed on your computer without your knowledge when you click on a questionable link or visit a malicious website. The software can then record every keystroke you make on your keyboard and it will email that information to bad guys.

One of my janitorial employees told me how he makes sure that no one can get his passwords. He's incredibly careful about security, and his advice is to make a Word document that contains all of your usernames and passwords. Name this document something like "Grandma's cookie recipes" and bury it really deep in a rarely-used folder. When you're logging in to a password-protected account, you bring up that document, copy the appropriate username and paste it into the username box. Then copy your password off the document and paste it into the password box. This defeats the keystroke-logging software and it will not see your username nor your password - all it will see is a contol+c and a control+v.



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post #2 of Old 03-28-2012, 07:35 AM
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Would it not be easier to just make sure your antivirus is up to date? I can see the benefits to using this approach but what would happen if someone got hold of the file with the passwords???
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It might be easier to be sure your security software is updated, but I don't think it's the ultimate answer. Almost everyone in my employee's family are software writers, and none of them (repeat - none of them!) trust Norton or Kaspersky or any other security software, an they don't use them. They use Spybot and Malwarebytes, and every one of them uses this Word document strategy. And I know that when I uninstalled Norton and installed Spybot and Malwarebytes, my computer now runs about 10 times faster.
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