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  • [Mac Tips] Guard Yourself From Keyloggers While Using Terminal

    This is very easy to do... and it couldn't be a more important feature.

    If you're always paranoid that there's something waiting... watching in the background of your computer, just waiting for the right moment to read your keystrokes, then Terminal might be one of the worst applications that you could be using. It uses your administrator password when you log in as a super user, and if you're a command line user instead of a GUI (Graphical User Interface) user like John Heaton, then Terminal might be the one thing that you want to use as securely as possible no matter what.

    Did you know that Apple implemented a feature into Terminal that will disconnect it from any other process in the Macintosh operating system? This means that you will be able to type into Terminal and not even the most advanced keyloggers (not even your trusted applications) would be able to see what you were typing. The feature is called, "Secure Keyboard Entry" and it lets you type inside of Terminal in peace. Apple's definition of Secure Keyboard Entry is that it, "prevents other applications on your computer or the network from detecting and recording what is typed in into Terminal." From this you can gather that Terminal is a very powerful tool.

    Enabling this feature couldn't be easier, just open a Terminal window (search, "Terminal" in Spotlight and hit Return), then go to the Menu Bar and select Terminal -> Secure Keyboard Entry. That's it. You are secure from any rouge attacks! I'm unsure why Apple hadn't made this option the default setting, but you can enable it yourself as it is turned off by default.

    Will you be enabling this feature for added protection? Share in the comments below.

    Sources: OSX Daily
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [Mac Tips] Guard Yourself From Keyloggers While Using Terminal started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 11 Comments
    1. gg915's Avatar
      gg915 -
      HELL YES I will use this, thanx for the tip!!!! Am i first, or is my internet sucky
    1. Raybeast's Avatar
      Raybeast -
      Quote Originally Posted by gg915 View Post
      HELL YES I will use this, thanx for the tip!!!! Am i first, or is my internet sucky
      Yah your first!!!
    1. rbrinks711's Avatar
      rbrinks711 -
      Quote Originally Posted by gg915 View Post
      HELL YES I will use this, thanx for the tip!!!! Am i first, or is my internet sucky
      both
    1. Daerid's Avatar
      Daerid -
      Yes
    1. iPhoneDoc's Avatar
      iPhoneDoc -
      Quote Originally Posted by gg915 View Post
      Am i first, or is my internet sucky
      Why canít it be both?
    1. dennder's Avatar
      dennder -
      What!?
      True key logger resides in-between kernel and program layer, intercepting all input BEFORE it reaches specific program.
      Tell me how this will protect me of a key logger installed on the system via trojan horse (meaning by typing my sudo password upon install).
      And are there any other ways to install a key logger? Via root kit of course, which means that it will be again where it should be.

      So unless terminal (not the emulator app being displayed to user) resides on the level above programs, this is a complete and utter bullcrap.
    1. sphangman's Avatar
      sphangman -
      how much threat is there from keyloggers on mac ?
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by dennder View Post
      What!?
      True key logger resides in-between kernel and program layer, intercepting all input BEFORE it reaches specific program.
      Tell me how this will protect me of a key logger installed on the system via trojan horse (meaning by typing my sudo password upon install).
      And are there any other ways to install a key logger? Via root kit of course, which means that it will be again where it should be.

      So unless terminal (not the emulator app being displayed to user) resides on the level above programs, this is a complete and utter bullcrap.
      Nope. Apple built the feature in themselves. I would have to say that it does go beyond keyloggers because that's what it's made for.

      Quote Originally Posted by sphangman View Post
      how much threat is there from keyloggers on mac ?
      A keylogger, in essence, doesn't have to be an application. It can also be someone listening for what you're typing across a network. Networked Macs are common in schools and institutions.
    1. angeI's Avatar
      angeI -
      Thanks for the tip, Tony!
    1. SeanBiss's Avatar
      SeanBiss -
      Thanks for the tip, bud.
    1. gg915's Avatar
      gg915 -
      Attachment 555478not likely