KeyScrambler Personal

KeyScrambler Personal

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 526 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
3.4.0.2
File Size:
1.22MB
Date Added:
June 05, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Total Downloads:
1,930,100
Downloads Last Week:
1,654
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Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Keyloggers are sneaky little programs that can record everything you type, including usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, and other sensitive information. Although antivirus software is often able to detect and eliminate such programs once you're infected, they're not foolproof. KeyScrambler Personal promises to encrypt your keystrokes at the level of your keyboard driver and decrypt them when they reach your browser so they're visible to you. Sounds good in theory, but does it work? We can't guarantee that it's perfect, but we can say that it worked just fine when we tried it.

Obviously, if we wanted to see if KeyScrambler Personal could guard against keyloggers, we'd have to install a keylogger on our machine. We did, made sure it was logging our keystrokes, and then installed KeyScrambler Personal. The program appeared as an icon in our system tray; right-clicking on it brought up an options menu, which let us set a hot key for enabling and disabling the program and specify how we wanted the program to display when in use. We set about typing in Firefox, one of KeyScrambler Personal's supported browsers, and a small box appeared that displayed the scrambled version of the text we typed. When we opened our keylogger to see what it had captured, there was all our scrambled text in place of what we'd actually typed. It's important to remember that KeyScrambler Personal doesn't encrypt everything you do; we were still able to view the Web sites we'd visited and search engine results. But text that we'd actually typed, such as in e-mails and in-browser chats, was indeed encrypted. An online Help file gives a thorough overview of the program's use. Overall, KeyScrambler Personal was easy to use and it seemed to be effective. It's worth checking out if you want to keep what you type safe from prying eyes.

KeyScrambler Personal installs and uninstalls without issues.

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    out of 526 votes

    • 5 star: 223
    • 4 star: 191
    • 3 star: 43
    • 2 star: 20
    • 1 star: 49
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  • 1 stars

    "Keyscrambler Not compatible with IE11...!"

    April 24, 2014   |   By scottls59901

    Version: KeyScrambler Personal 3.3.0.0

    Pros

    It's free, but you get what you didn't pay for!

    Cons

    Frequently after closing IE11, the taskbar icon stays green, and anything you type in Any search box is encrypted gibberish...

    I end having to open/close FireFox to turn it off.

    I contacted KS support, but they were unable to help.

    Summary

    I also tried SpyShelter free/paid Trial, and they wouldn't encrypt in FireFox!-
    SS support said it may be my Kaspersky AV?

    I may end up having to reinstall KS, as it protected me from 4 rootkit Trojans ( later removed by MBAM anti-rootkit beta)!?

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  • 4 stars

    "Good software"

    November 30, 2013   |   By Ahmedshawon92

    Version: KeyScrambler Personal 3.3.0.0

    Pros

    -Little software
    -I can see keystroke being enscrypted
    -Suuport almost any browser

    Cons

    Free vertion only supports browsers. Many application and email clients also required password. It won't protect them.

    Summary

    For full protection download "Zemana AntiLogger Free."

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  • 5 stars

    "Great software"

    August 13, 2013   |   By pprgl

    Version: KeyScrambler Personal 3.2.0.3

    Pros

    Works just fine for me. A great deal for free. You can see it action as you type. I imagine the pro version covers a bit more.

    Cons

    None that I have found!

    Summary

    If you are looking for extra security this is a great program.

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  • 5 stars

    "Great piece of software."

    August 08, 2013   |   By SmartGuyForComputers

    Version: KeyScrambler Personal 3.2.0.3

    Pros

    -Works great with Chrome.
    -Excellent encryption.
    -I made my own keylogger and saw first hand on how good Keyscrambler is.

    Cons

    -I wish the Personal version would work in all apllications.

    Summary

    An amazing piece of software that is a bare necessity for fighting keyloggers.

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  • 4 stars

    "Works fine"

    July 18, 2013   |   By username_09876

    Version: KeyScrambler Personal 3.2.0.3

    Pros

    It's not just for passwords. There's plenty of personally identifiable or sensitive information I sometimes have to type, and so I just want everything I type scrambled. Why not, right?

    It works everywhere that I've noticed. Never had a problem with it not working on certain sites. If I do notice it not working on a site, well... I guess I won't type my password or PII on it because it's probably be a s**tty site anyway and I should just leave it. :P

    I type in all my passwords. I don't do copy and paste. The important accounts (email, financial, etc.) have very strong passwords that I change often and do not re-use. For all other things I re-use one or two simple short alphanumeric passwords, so I can remember them and because it wouldn't really matter if they got hijacked anyway. KeyScrambler works great for me, it may not be for you if that's not your style.

    Cons

    I use a standard desktop keyboard. When I type on the number pad, it only scrambles it to other numbers, not a mix of all characters like the other character keys. I guess it's secure enough but it just BUGS me... why can't they just make it scramble like everything else?

    Sometimes, randomly -- it actually seems to be like a 1 in 10 chance or so -- when I'm typing and backspacing fast at the same time my screen will output scrambled text instead of what I'm supposed to be typing. I've tested this by quickly typing/backspacing on only letter keys and every once in a while I see numbers and symbols. Blame my quirky (read: fast but shamefully inaccurate) typing but it's also a tiny bug in the program for sure. It doesn't bother me, personally. It depends on your typing habits.

    Summary

    Install NoScript + Ghostery in your browser, then KeyScrambler and you'll be pretty darn secure! KeePass is also a great method to use but it's not for me.

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  • 5 stars

    "Resting easy..."

    May 29, 2013   |   By jran1011

    Version: KeyScrambler Personal 3.1

    Pros

    Installs and operates seamlessly - except just lately have been getting some kind of encryption error, but then I just restart it. Love this program!

    Cons

    Aside from error mentioned above, absolutely none...

    Summary

    Wish all protection programs were this easy - and free!

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  • 4 stars

    "Brilliant!"

    April 24, 2013   |   By nholtom

    Version: KeyScrambler Personal 3.1

    Pros

    I rarely write a review but this little program really merits at least a THANK YOU.
    In this version (3.1) to now be able to see a little pop-up tab showing you that it's doing it's job while you type is very reassuring. (Not sure though if Screen Loggers could take advantage of the fact that the encrypted key strokes are being revealed on screen?)

    Cons

    Apart from my small question above - nothing against this super little prog that only uses about 2,000k of memory resources!

    Summary

    Go for it - why not add another layer to your security!

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  • 4 stars

    "It works - and works well."

    April 11, 2013   |   By ppavlov

    Version: KeyScrambler Personal 3.1

    Pros

    Used it for years and feel good with it.
    Regular updates, too.

    Cons

    I use to have a complaint or two but they've all been addressed.

    Summary

    Install and try KeyScrambler - it works. Today you need all of the protection you can get.

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  • 1 stars

    "BSOD after applying update"

    April 11, 2013   |   By kenny555

    Version: KeyScrambler Personal 3.1

    Pros

    none. Would not work after applying update

    Cons

    BSOD after applying update, had to uninstall.

    Summary

    I've been using Keyscrambler for years, and this is the first time it has failed me. I tried it twice and both times the update caused my computer to fail to start.

    win7 sp1 64 bit

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  • 4 stars

    "Seems to do what it was designed to."

    April 05, 2013   |   By shirasuna

    Version: KeyScrambler Personal 3.1

    Pros

    Doesn't seem to slow anything down.

    Cons

    Some sites won't accept actual input, displaying the scrambled text.

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