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GeekVortex Review
3rd December 2000
keylogging adapter
'It has a very easy installation, a very easy operation, and is extremely innovative as an idea. To sum the KeyGhost in one sentence, "A Masterpiece of Engineering". Nothing more nothing less.' - DataOrb
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Interface Security Keyghost II Std

Written By: Mukundh Pandian
Date submitted: 1 August 2000
Type of Article: Product Review
Independent Review:
Tech Extreme KeyGhost Keylogger Review

Introduction

When I first heard about the KeyGhost I immediately conjured up images of CIA operatives breaking into foreign leaders offices in order to install this adapter on their keyboard and thus monitoring everything that was typed. After testing the KeyGhost and using it for a week I now realize that it has much more practical purposes that we can all benefit from.

The KeyGhost is a piece of hardware that once hooked up to your keyboard will record every keystroke no matter what OS you are using.

The company is also selling keyboards with a KeyGhost built inside the keyboard so that it cannot be seen. Currently the KeyGhost uses a PS2 connector but a USB version of the KeyGhost is under development.

The KeyGhost is very small and looks like an adapter of some sort.

There are several versions of the KeyGhost that vary according to capacity, encryption, and inclusion of a fast download adapter. Here is a nice table that sums up the different models:

Model
Capacity
Ghost Playback
Encryption
Compatible with Turbo Download Adapter
Casing / Wh
Keyghost Professional SE 2,000,000 Keystrokes
Yes
128 bit
Yes
EMC Balun
style
Keyghost Professional 1,000,000 Keystrokes
Yes
128 bit
Yes
EMC Balun
style
Keyghost Standard 500,000 Keystrokes
Yes
Basic
No
EMC Balun
style
Keyghost Home Edition 128,000 Keystrokes
Yes
None
No
EMC Balun
style
Keyghost Security Keyboard (Pro SE) 2,000,000 Keystrokes
Yes
128 bit
Yes
Inside
Keyboard
Keyghost Security Keyboard (Pro) 1,000,000 Keystrokes
Yes
128 bit
Yes
Inside
Keyboard
Keyghost Security Keyboard (Standard) 500,000 Keystrokes
Yes
Basic
No
Inside
Keyboard

Now you are probably saying ok so the KeyGhost can record every keystroke but how do I view that information? To view the information it collects you use a menu system that can be accessed from any word processor or text box. I tried it in several places such as the URL bar in Internet explorer and in Half-Life's console and it worked in both. To access this menu you type your eight to twelve letter password and a menu will popup. Here is a screenshot of the menu:

From this menu you can download the entire log, parts of the log, erase the log, change your password, and a few other neat things. It takes about 25 minutes to download a full log but with the fast download adapter it only takes a few seconds.

The KeyGhost has a number of uses. Being a college student I am often writing papers or a news updates for my website when good old Windows crashes on me. Using the KeyGhost I loose nothing and I am able to completely recover whatever I was working on. The KeyGhost would also benefit coders and anyone who uses their computer for important information. I had a friend who worked for four hours on a C program last semester only to have his computer crash. He hadn't saved any of his work and he had to redo the entire program. The KeyGhost could also be used to monitor employees in order to make sure they are not giving away company secrets. As you can see there are a number of uses for the KeyGhost.

I broke into Sadam's palace twice to install the KeyGhost but unfortunately I did not learn anything useful. Sadam Hussein just visits Slash Dot a few times each day and not much else.

Overall this is a very useful product that can save you time and money.

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