Think I may have a keylogger on my computer?

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vinyl
Think I may have a keylogger on my computer?

Basically, people keep trying to hack my facebook. Its people I don't know, wanting to get into the facebooks of people I am friends with. They're damn quick and dedicated - I changed my password on Monday and they already have it. Luckily, they're also stupid and keep trying to log in while I'm using facebook. Like, repeatedly, while I am uploading and tagging photos. I just changed my password again, and surprise surprise, I'm not getting logged out anymore.

 

The only way I can think they got my password so quickly is if they somehow got a keylogger on my computer. I never click on links they send me, so not sure how it could have happened, but what is the best way to scan for keyloggers/similar? My current programs don't pick up anything, but my passwords are usually actual sentences so not sure how they guess them so quickly.

 

Also, any tips for better passwords? Getting so sick of this!

   

   

hubby
Re: Think I may have a keylogger on my computer?

Wait.. so.. how do you know they actually have your password? Because you get logged out?

vinyl
Re: Think I may have a keylogger on my computer?

Basically, these people have somehow got hold of my password before and stolen a bunch of photos - v unpleasant when you find your face on a website when your photos are private! I was using my facebook, and it kept logging me out - you know when you log in elsewhere at the same time and it logs you out? It kept doing that five or six times. I changed my password and it stopped.

MariaO
Re: Think I may have a keylogger on my computer?

vinyl wrote:

Basically, people keep trying to hack my facebook. Its people I don't know, wanting to get into the facebooks of people I am friends with. They're damn quick and dedicated - I changed my password on Monday and they already have it. Luckily, they're also stupid and keep trying to log in while I'm using facebook. Like, repeatedly, while I am uploading and tagging photos. I just changed my password again, and surprise surprise, I'm not getting logged out anymore.

 

The only way I can think they got my password so quickly is if they somehow got a keylogger on my computer. I never click on links they send me, so not sure how it could have happened, but what is the best way to scan for keyloggers/similar? My current programs don't pick up anything, but my passwords are usually actual sentences so not sure how they guess them so quickly.

 

Also, any tips for better passwords? Getting so sick of this!

Are your passwords strong? If you use common words they may be using dictionary attacks to get in. The best passwords don't use actual words.

"I never click on links they send me"
So you have an idea of who this may be? I also think that in rare cases you don't have to click on a link to get a keylogger.

vinyl
Re: Think I may have a keylogger on my computer?

Usually, yeah. I use entire sentences instead of words. What is a dictionary attack??

I have a kind of idea. There's basically a bunch of people who use fake facebooks and hacking techniques to get into the facebooks of people who revolve around a certain group of people, and I'm getting targeted. Bah.

hubby
Re: Think I may have a keylogger on my computer?

vinyl wrote:

What is a dictionary attack??


A dictionary attack is where they try to hack your password using a list of words (dictionary).. so if your password is "love", a dictionary attack would easily guess your password. If your password is "L0ve1s4me", it is less likely it would be cracked by a dictionary attack..

vinyl
Re: Think I may have a keylogger on my computer?

aha! thank you!

If I use the letter/number combo, what are the odds of them getting my password again? Do these dictionary things look only for letters and not numbers? And if I use punctuation (@, ", etc) will the attack be able to get my password at all?

 

Thank you so much for the help! x

Anonymous Visitor
Re: Think I may have a keylogger on my computer?

I am not sure but can anyone get on your computer besides you if so they might want your account.
Someone you don't know might be trying to hack your account.
hoped it helped

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