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The best (and only) way to stop keyloggers is to prevent malware from installing itself on your computer. Malware can see everything...

If you enter email username via a history list rather than typing it in and have set the account to remember a password, would a hacker still be able to gain access to them?

In this excerpt from Answercast #25, I look at some common methods that hope to fool keyloggers, and why they don't work.

Can a hacker gain access?

The short answer is yes.

Just because you didn't type it in doesn't mean that the hacker didn't install some kind of software on your machine that isn't sniffing things like your remembered passwords or history.

Stay hacker free...

You must, must, must make sure that the machine you're using is malware free. That includes keyloggers, (which obviously would log keystrokes that you enter), but it would also include any kind of activity-capturing software that is now freely available to hackers: to do exactly what you've just described.

So, no. You cannot rely on alternative input methods:

  • Like copy/paste,
  • Like using History,
  • Like using remembered passwords to bypass malware.

Malware can see it all.

Article C5450 - June 11, 2012 « »

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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