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My friend passed me this piece of article which I believe is worth taking a closer look. Apparently, there is a new device that is a huge danger to anyone who uses a PC that is not theirs. This is especially true if you frequent Internet cafes or public computers such as those in the public libraries, hotels and restaurants.

Key tracker

This simple looking device 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 item to privacy and personal information.

These devices record every key that is pressed on the keyboard. Due to it’s position (it sits between the 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 can be installed on any PC. The bad guy puts the tracker in line, leaves it there for a certain amount of time and then retrieves it. They can then download the data onto their own PC… and you know better than me what he will do with those personal information of yours!

If you intend to use a PC that is not yours, for example at those locations that I mentioned above, I would advise looking at the back of the PC to see if one of these trackers has been placed (scrambling under a desk is the better alternative to losing your Maybank2u or Paypal 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 there (could be any user of that PC before you) will be able to recall all of your keystrokes – login IDs, passwords and etc.

Just take extra cautions when you use a PC at a public place.