What if you are on vacation and you need to do something important on the Internet but you don’t have your computer with you? Maybe you need send an email to your boss or  access your bank account to transfer money. You should be rightfully concerned that using a computer in an Internet cafe is unsafe since a keylogger might capture your account log-in information.

Here I will discuss how to thwart a keylogger from capturing your sensitive information with a couple of simple tricks. Be aware, however, that another program on the computer might also capture screen shots of your activity so you must be careful.
Trick #1 is to use “onscreen keyboard” to enter text by clicking keys with your mouse.

On a Windows system (most often found in a public facility) – type with a “virtual” keyboard using your mouse:

To type without using the keyboard

  • Open On-Screen Keyboard by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking All Programs, clicking Accessories, clicking Ease of Access, and then clicking On-Screen Keyboard.

On-screen-keyboard

Sometimes, a keylogger might disable access to an “Onscreen keyboard,” in which case you might try another trick:

Trick #2 is to confuse the keylogger with random keystrokes and mouse activity.
Suppose you want to login to your Gmail account with the below login details:

Username- joewalsh23
Password- 564738Y&**34

To do this, first open “notepad” and enter your the characters contained in your password along with some other random characters in between as shown below:

Use Notepad to input charactersNow just copy and paste (one at a time) the relevant characters in your password into login box using  your mouse. When you have “assembled” the appropriate characters you can proceed to login into your account.

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