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Keyloggers: Why Small Businesses Need to be Careful

Keyloggers are little nifty software that can be used to monitor and record data. They can also be rigged to communicate with online servers to send the recorded information back to the person who installed them. They can also be programmed to take screenshots and access pretty much anything that is typed on the keyboard, thus putting your data at risk. But this risk is far greater for small businesses as they cannot put in top dollars to protect their networks and system, yet they need top end protection. Here is why they need to be on guard against such software.

Data protection:

Small businesses often use off-the-shelf computer and network solutions which makes them quite susceptible to malware attacks and hacking efforts. One of the tools hackers often use is the keylogger software. The purpose is to steal your private and secret information which can cause quite a problem for small businesses. This is why they need to install anti-keylogger software and make sure that their systems are clean and up to date with all necessary security patches. They also need to get customized data protection solutions so that no one can snoop in and steal their important data.


Business secrets:

As keyloggers are hard to detect they can actually be quite dangerous; they can steal your business secrets. Competition can make people do stupid things. Your competitor might hire someone to access your computer network and install these nifty software and steal your business secrets, your client details, your inventory details, supply chain and pretty much everything else. This is why small businesses need to be careful of the threat and take appropriate measures before it is too late.


Employees’ use of company time and resources:

One of the other reasons why small businesses need to be careful is because they have a small workforce and thus they need it to be extremely efficient. They cannot afford them to be lazy and wasting time in playing Angry Birds or something. If they use a keylogger software, they can then monitor what each of their employee is doing and how efficiently they are utilizing company resources. And if need be, the management can then intercede and make changes to the schedule or workflow of employees.


Analysis of user habits and trends:

Small businesses need to extra vigilant because they need to compete against the market giants. And they can do so only if they are up to date, eager to change and adapt newer techniques, which is impossible if they don’t use a keylogger software to monitor and track user habits, employee work pattern and computer software usage pattern. Once they get it done, they can then ask analysts and specialists who can help them devise newer policies and meet their future needs.


Small businesses need to be on the edge always if they want to protect their business secrets and compete with the big guns in the market. They have to be careful of a keylogger software installed by someone with malicious intent but they might even have to use it themselves at the same time.

Author Bio:

Alyssa Tailor is a featured technology writer who is specialized in writing about cyber security and software vulnerability analysis.

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