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KeyScrambler Personal

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This browser add-on protects your usernames and passwords from keyloggers, but its quirks limit its effectiveness. KeyScrambler Personal's small dialog box interface is invoked from a tray icon. This utility encrypts keystrokes at the kernel level. It's automatically invoked when it detects typing in select browser username and password input boxes. As you type your password, the program displays the random characters that a keylogger would detect, but the correct characters are entered. A hot key easily starts and kills the encryption, and the registered version encrypts other security fields such as credit card numbers.

Though advertised for Internet Explorer and Firefox, our testers gave up using the add-on in Firefox 2. The tray icon would not display unless IE was started. The floating display often disappeared during typing. Under Firefox, standard username input boxes wouldn't invoke KeyScrambler Personal. IE suffered from none of these problems. If you fear a keylogger is after your username and password and you use IE as your sole browser, this freeware encrypter will prove handy. Otherwise, look for a more robust utility.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.0 stars

    out of 525 votes

    • 5 star: 223
    • 4 star: 191
    • 3 star: 43
    • 2 star: 20
    • 1 star: 48
  • Current version:

    4.1 stars

    out of 57 votes

    • 5 star: 23
    • 4 star: 25
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 3
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  • 4.0 stars

    "I haver no way of knowing how well it works"

    February 14, 2009  |   By hughcuthbert

    Version: KeyScrambler Personal 2.2.1

    Pros

    peace of mind that my keystrokes cannot be monitored

    Cons

    it seems to slow up my internet connection

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Excellent & worthwhile application."

    February 5, 2009  |   By oldcodger1

    Version: KeyScrambler Personal 2.2.1

    Pros

    Increased security, always a plus.

    Cons

    None that I have noticed.

    Summary

    Great application for increased security. Small footprint. Unobstrusive.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "disguize keystrokes for keyloggers"

    January 21, 2009  |   By whabligone

    Version: KeyScrambler Personal 2.2.1

    Pros

    prevent keyloggers from stealing your passwords and other sensitive data

    Cons

    sometimes interfere when typing in a textbox and have to be disabled for a moment

    Summary

    nice piece of work and help for that extra peace of mind when working with passwords and other sensitive data

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Provides security and peace of mind for transactions."

    January 15, 2009  |   By sl15800

    Version: KeyScrambler Personal 2.2.1

    Pros

    Easy to install and use. It justs works!

    Cons

    None noted.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Provides essential security for on-line transactions"

    January 11, 2009  |   By Ralph0330

    Version: KeyScrambler Personal 2.2.1

    Pros

    Unintrusive and only runs when required limiting the drain on system resources

    Cons

    I found no problems at all

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Good, just works"

    December 30, 2008  |   By quirK

    Version: KeyScrambler Personal 2.2.1

    Pros

    Good, just works

    Cons

    Good, just works

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  • 4.0 stars

    "To early to tell"

    December 20, 2008  |   By damienplus5

    Version: KeyScrambler Personal 2.2.1

    Pros

    I like the scrambling concept if it truly works as it indicates.

    Cons

    None so far.

    Summary

    I will need more time but my brother uses it in his business and loves it.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "This program is a must to have on your PC or LabTop."

    December 20, 2008  |   By omjohnom

    Version: KeyScrambler Personal 2.2.1

    Pros

    I like that the program after installation makes itself available anytime you start Internet

    Cons

    Haven't found anything sofar

    Summary

    This is a wonderful modul that gives you the peace of mind you need working with the Internet a lot. I am so convinced that I will get the professional Verson starting Jan. 2009

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Works well, a must have"

    December 20, 2008  |   By MrM4tt - skype

    Version: KeyScrambler Personal 2.2.1

    Pros

    Simple notification of new versions, quick to load, the bar can be repositioned to any of the four sides of the window, and shows you that it's working when typing information into a webpage. Does what it claims, and free - simply a must have.

    Cons

    Bug that would have the encrypted text entered into the webpage when the browser had bugs, not seen since. Does not support Google Chrome Beta.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Nice try, though quite redundant"

    December 19, 2008  |   By musicmagick

    Version: KeyScrambler Personal 2.2.1

    Pros

    It protects popular browsers like IE and Firefox against "keyloggers" by encrypting what you type so malware cannot read private or sensitive information, so it makes you feel "safe". Important note: this version is out of date: newest = v.2.3.0.1

    Cons

    first of all: it only protects you inside IE of Firefox, no other browsers, neither outside these browsers, unless you pay. Second remark: it slows down terribly the performance of your browser. Third remark: redundancy! Read my bottom-line summary.

    Summary

    OK, here we go: this KeyScrambler uses a lot of system resources, it eats too much memory and cpu-usage. When I type something in Firefox (like I do now) this fast and safe browser turns into a snail or even worse! My biggest remark is that KeyScrambler just makes you feel "safe" but in fact this piece of pay-ware (sure it is pay-ware, because only browser protection for free is not enough!) is completely redundant. If you have solid real-time protection (antivirus, alti-malware, good firewall, complete internet-security solution or other) you are more than enough protected against keyloggers and other fraudulent malware! And good real-time protection doesn't have to be expensive to be 'solid'. In fact there is more "very reliable real-time protection" for a cheap donation or even completely for free than you could ever think! Just take a good look around when you're surfing, or googling. Extend this with some freeware on-demand scanners that you can run regularly (at least once a week), stay up-to-date when it comes to antivirus- and antimalwaredefs so your database won't become outdated, and in no time you have a well-protected blockhouse instead of a dangerously unprotected pc or portable. But exaggeration won't do you any good, or won't protect you any better either, So imho KeyScrambler might be a nice play-thing to experiment with, but in reality quite unnecessary and not worth paying for.

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