The American television series Mr. Robot introduces its viewers to a lot of hacking attacks, techniques, and tools. Most of it is based on actual methods and hardware, even if it is presented as far easier to do on the show than in real life. One thing the show portrays as a common, almost pedestrian attack technique is keylogging.
You need to know about keylogging, because it really is as common, easy to do, and critical to the success of criminals as it is on the TV show. That’s because the targets of attacks that involve keylogging are, well, just about anyone and everyone. And you wouldn’t even know that it’s happening.
How it works
Keylogging, formally called “keystroke logging,” is exactly what it sounds like: It’s when a user’s keystrokes on a computer, tablet, or phone are recorded and tracked. This is sometimes done in an IT monitoring environment, or for studying human-computer interaction. Even Windows 10 has a creepy keylogger, to collect your info for… reasons. Fortunately, you can turn it off.