[AI] tracker for every key stroke

firoz pathan firojjee at gawab.com
Mon May 21 23:02:39 CDT 2007

For your information.
A new device has been introduced to the marketplace that is a huge danger to 
anyone who uses a PC that is not theirs. It is known as a key tracker and it
sits between the keyboard and the PC. As can be seen in the pictures it is 
very discreet but is probably one of the most dangerous items of equipment 
personal information that is readily available. These devices record every 
key that is pressed on the keyboard. Due to it's position (it sits between 
keyboard and the PC) the information is logged by the tracker before the PC 
knows about it and as such is very difficult for the PC to detect. They are
available in both USB and PS2 formats so pretty much any PC can be logged. 
The user puts the tracker in line, leaves it there for a set amount of time
and then retrieves it. They can then download the data onto their own PC.

If you intend to use a PC that is not yours (ie hotel business centre, 
internet café, airport etc) I would advise looking at the back of the PC to 
if one of these trackers has been placed in line (scrambling under a desk is 
the better alternative to losing your email details). If you cannot get to
see the back of the PC, I would suggest you don't use it for anything 
personal. If a tracker is there and you do not notice it, whoever placed it 
(could be any user of that PC before you) will be able to recall all of your 
keystrokes - logins, passwords etc.
These trackers cost less than £30 and they are definitely out there already.

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