KeyScrambler Personal Review – Good For Browsing, And Only Browsing!

In this online age where most of your work is done on the Internet, you need proper protection from snoopers etc. There are people and bots who collect information about you and use it for own benefits. We have been covering different methods to stay safe on the Internet. This review of KeyScrambler Personal Free, an anti-keylogging software, that encrypts keystrokes in a browser, is part of the series to keep your information private when you are surfing and entering your information using browsers.

Do note that, in this review, we are covering only the free version of KeyScrambler – and that is KeyScrambler Personal. 

KeyScrambler Personal: Works Between Keyboard and Cache

There is nothing that can provide you with complete safety and you may have to compensate for the security with speed or something else – including money! Of all, the best Internet security product is The Onion Router (TOR). But is pretty slow, so you may not wish to use it for regular usage. The product we are reviewing in this post is a software that changes the keystrokes into something else and is completely different from TOR or its likes. While TOR is a browser-based on a maze of routers to make you untraceable, KeyScrambler is something that acts between your keyboard and keyloggers. This means it changes – or rather – encrypts the characters you type into something else before it gets to any other part of the computer.

To see how it works, I installed a keylogger on my computer. The following image shows what I typed in Facebook and what was logged by the keylogger. This review proves KeyScramber works and is one of the best keyboard encryption software available for free. I say it is among best because you can see in the keylogger report that no one can make sense of what was actually typed in the browser!

01 - Simple Keyboard Encryption KeyScrambler

An unknown keylogger on your computer can be the worst thing to happen. Keyloggers can give away all the information you type and most of them also track the URL of websites you visit. That means if you visit your bank account, the person who installed keyloggers on your computer can easily read and replicate your bank password plus ID. The same danger also applies to private and important documents etc.

Limitation of KeyScrambler Personal Free : Incomplete Protection

While KeyScrambler helps you stay secure on the Internet when you are using a browser, it offers no protection when you are typing on – say, Microsoft Word or any email Client. In this case, the encryption of characters typed is limited to browsers. But since most of todays’ work in browser-based, having KeyScrambler Personal on your machine secures you to a large extent.

If you use browser-based word processing software such as Office Web Apps, you are secure. If you are using browser-based email, you are protected – as KeyScrambler is compatible with almost all known browsers. The only problem is that it won’t scramble (encrypt) the data you type into computer based software such as an email client or a word processor installed on your local computer.

I do not know why KeyScrambler chose to keep the local software out of encryption. The paid version does provide security when you are working on Windows Explorer but my concern is Microsoft Word and similar applications.

02 KeyScrambler Pro Is Required

Probably, a different system is at work when passing keystrokes to browsers than passing them to locally installed word processing documents, including the email clients. Maybe, it is possible to encrypt the encrypt keyboard cache before passing the keystrokes to browsers. For local installations, I suppose the keystrokes are passed directly to programs before any other software can access and encrypt them. I do not know it for sure; if you have any information on this, please share with me.

KeyScrambler Personal Review: Best Browser KeyStroke Protection

Do not get tense if your KeyScrambler icon says you are not protected. I was almost irritated while trying to review KeyScrambler and seeing the tray icon off. The problem was that I was trying to use MS Word and Notepad. It wouldn’t turn on, even though the system tray menu showed it as turned on.

03 KeyScrambler

Only when I switched to my browser, I noticed that it had turned on. So when you are working on anything else than your browser, the KeyScrambler is dormant. It is activated automatically as soon as you switch to browsers. You might even see a KeyScrambler Strip towards at the center of browser as and when you open or switch to your browser – any browser.

MY VERDICT: This review of KeyScrambler highlights following points:

  1. You are completely secure when typing into (ANY) browser – be it Firefox, Chrome, IE, Opera, EPIC or anything else! It even worked on the portable version of Mozilla.
  2. The protection is limited to browsers. For better protection, you need to install a good anti-malware that can detect and remove keyloggers. If you are using Windows Vista or above, you have the default Windows Defender that is good enough.
  3. Finally, it is not a tool that would hide your IP address or encrypt all your Internet traffic. If you need such protection, read our review of Spotflux: a free VPN that secures your data on the Internet.

KeyScrambler free download

KeyScrambler Personal supports a number of browsers and that is a huge plus point. You can download it from here.

Do share your experiences, if any, with KeyScrambler Personal.

Looking for more similar tools? Check out SpyShelter Personal Free, Zemana AntiLogger and Key Logger Detector.

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Arun Kumar is a Microsoft MVP alumnus, obsessed with technology, especially the Internet. He deals with the multimedia content needs of training and corporate houses. Follow him on Twitter @PowercutIN

4 Comments

  1. Anon.

    FYI, KeyScrambler is ineffective says this post https://hackyard.net/keyscrambler-is-ineffective.hy

  2. If you have a good firewall, and it’s configured properly, and you didn’t accidentally give the key-logger permission to phone home through it, then said key-logger can collect all the keystrokes it wants…

    …but the firewall should keep it from actually sending them anywhere. A good HIPS system should keep the key-logger from launching in the first place; and good anti-virus should detect it in any case. Even if it’s zero-day, at least SOMETHING should be noticed by the anti-virus software.if its heuristics are any good. Key-logging is, by definition, malware-like behavior. The anti-virus/anti-malware software would have to be abominably bad not to notice it, even if its signature is not yet in its malware database.

    Anti-key-logger software is nice, but if one’s anti-virus/firewall software doesn’t either detect it, or block it if it doesn’t, then one needs new anti-virus/firewall software, not anti-key-logger software.

    Gregg L. DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg at greggdeselms dot com

  3. Dan

    I’ve got to say I agree with Mr. DesElms here; when I noticed Zemana free antilogger didn’t stop Kidlogger from recording Gmail usernames/passwords, I was told by Zemana techs that only the Pro (paid) version so protects from loggers licitly/illicitly on a PC, and does so by firewall-like alert offering block/allow option when detected; I find that Keyscrambler free is great where it works (it tells you if app is within its purpose or not) and DID frustrate Kidlogger insofar as Gmail usernames/passwords (anything online ONLY), but screenlogging, timestamping, etcetera were easily recorded by the logger. Like Mr. DesElms suggests, my own firewall installation and settings make it difficult for ANYTHING to “just become installed/operative”, and can identify/block ANY requests for internet transmission (even from kernel mode junkware)…about the only way to stop a logger known or unknown from being of use to a remote attacker.

  4. Vince Thor

    Using KeyScrambler Personal Free + Zemana AntiLogger Free will defeat the purpose of Phrozen KeyLogger Lite, Kid Logger, HomeKey Logger, K9 Web Protection & numerous other Free or Paid KeyLoggers.
    Zemana Antilogger Free & KeyScrambler Personal Free can co-exist on a system as KeyScrambler Personal uses Encryption Method: Blowfish (128-bit) and RSA (1024-bit). Outputs random characters. But, Zemana Antilogger Free uses Encryption Method: Blank output. Only the application with keyboard focus receives the keystrokes while others are blocked. So, its a Double layer of Protection, whenever KeyScrambler outputs Random Characters using Blowfish & RSA encryption keys, there is always a Blank Encryption or Clean Slate Wipeout of KeyStrokes happening using Zemana Antilogger Free, for Web Browsers. Zemana AntiLogger Free provides Blank Encryption of KeyStrokes for other Offline Softwares like MS Office, Notepad & numerous other Offline Softwares used for variety of Purposes.

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