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Device Allows Hackers To Track Every Key You Type

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Many businesses rely on computers and networks to store important information.

But how easy is it for someone to steal that data?

Tonight we continue our series on how computer hackers are able to get into your personal information without you knowing.

<<It looks like a typical USB drive, used to store files, pictures and other valuable information.

But this little device can create big problems.

"It can capture passwords, install administration tools, literally anything you can do when you're in front of a computer even opening CD drives, there's literally nothing you cannot do with a remote administration tool once it's loaded off of a USB and it takes no input from the users, it's literally plug and play," Systems Network Analyst Weston Hecker said.

Hackers can easily enter a business and stick the USB drive into any computer and hack into the network.

Hecker recommends deactivating any USB ports on computers that aren't used.

"Like ones that are on monitors or on keyboards that are easily accessible by customers or potential hackers," Hecker said.

Another small gadget that can create big problems is this USB keystroke catcher.

All a hacker needs to do is plug it into the keyboard, and up to seven years of data can be stored on this little device.

"It has acknowledged there's a USB keyboard and any keystrokes that I send to the keyboard it will log, and at a later date literally any keystrokes I put in there are being logged in a text file and I'll be able to pop up the text file and look at any usernames, passwords any information that was inputted," Hecker said.

The device is so small, that unless you look closely, you can't even tell it's attached to the USB port on your keyboard.>>

We want to remind you that Hecker is a Certified Ethical Hacker which means businesses hire him and give him authority to test their business.

Hecker does what anyone off the street would do to try and attack their network.

To contact him with any questions you can email him at weston.hecker@kljeng.com

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