How to Monitor Keyloggers in Linux

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How to Monitor Keyloggers in Linux
Keyloggers record each keystroke you make on your keyboard. (Keyboard image by S.Q T from

Keylogger software can be helpful for parents who want to keep tabs on their kids and what they are doing on their computers. Keylogger software can help you monitor anything typed on the keyboard, from chat windows and text fields on the Internet to e-mails and blogs written through other software. Some keyloggers work by monitoring the strokes on the keyboard, and some work by monitoring the software you use from the Linux kernel. Linux has several keyloggers for you to choose from to help keep your family safe online.

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    Use the Linux Key Logger, or LKL, to log your keystrokes. LKL records each key pressed on the keyboard in a specified file. It is a simple program that runs in the Terminal and can be used on any Linux distribution. The software is available for download online (see Resources).

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    Monitor your computer use with Logkeys, which is another simple keylogger that works in Gnome-based distributions, but it does not work properly in a KDE environment. It records keystrokes from your keyboard. It is available in the software repositories for Ubuntu, or you can download it online (see Resources).

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    Log the keystrokes on your keyboard with Ttyrpld. Unlike the other keyloggers for Linux, Ttyrpld is a kernel-based keylogger rather than a hardware based one. Because of that, it works in all environments and on all of the platforms as long as they contain the rpldev kernel line. Ttyrpld is available online for download (see Resources).

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