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KeyScrambler Personal

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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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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

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    out of 525 votes

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

    4.6 stars

    out of 19 votes

    • 5 star: 15
    • 4 star: 3
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great addition to your security tool-kit!"

    May 13, 2012  |   By B1gD4ddy

    Version: KeyScrambler Personal 2.9.1

    Pros

    Works great
    Extra layer of protection
    Light weight - Small footprint on system resources

    Cons

    The bar sometimes gets in the way, but it is easy enough to move.

    Summary

    Great product, I recommend to everyone.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Does exactly as advertised"

    April 17, 2012  |   By thehighlander7

    Version: KeyScrambler Personal 2.9.1

    Pros

    Small, unobtrusive, doesn't ask anything of the user

    Cons

    none at this time

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Good firstline defense. It does help I think...lol"

    April 15, 2012  |   By BadPenny53

    Version: KeyScrambler Personal 2.9.1

    Pros

    Works in the background Doesn't use a lot of resourses

    Cons

    Sometimes I have had problems getting the newer version I don't know if that is because of my IP or the site I am trying to get it from.

    Summary

    All in all good product but please keep upgrading to keep the bad guys away

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  • 5.0 stars

    "seems to work most of the time"

    April 7, 2012  |   By t2000kw

    Version: KeyScrambler Personal 2.9.1

    Pros

    seems to work fine most of the time

    Cons

    it messed up input to an eBay window field and I had to disable it for that once. I have an anti-keylogger program in addition to this one so I didn't feel unprotected.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Wouldn't leave home (electronically) without it..."

    April 5, 2012  |   By MadKatter

    Version: KeyScrambler Personal 2.9.1

    Pros

    Excellent idea; simple, straightforward app, designed to do one thing & do it well. Far as I know, works. Installs and runs without locking anything up or messing up my system. (Also uninstalls nicely if necessary). Does not hog resources or slow my system down. Love the extra security.

    Cons

    I use Firefox a lot, but occasionally revert to IE (which works better for filling out USPS customs forms online!); I sometimes find it necessary to install the app twice, once for each browser.

    Summary

    Try it, you'll like it! If not, installs & uninstalls cleanly, so nothing to lose.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Most Reliable"

    April 3, 2012  |   By Boxogoods

    Version: KeyScrambler Personal 2.9.1

    Pros

    Simply works, no faults.

    Cons

    Not one that I've found

    Summary

    While I'm not familiar with other scramblers, I've been using this one since 2006 and unless I read about a better one for less than free I'm totally sold. At least check it out, but I'd advise downloading. The feature which isn't commonly known is that when you've done a search and don't want to spend time reading the entire article, you can tweak it to locate any word you type in it just appears on the page. Then if that's not the correct usage within the article, you merely have to press Control+G (Windows) to locate the next usage.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "great item for being free"

    March 29, 2012  |   By BuckeyeDrew

    Version: KeyScrambler Personal 2.9.1

    Pros

    everything about it. people that complain it don't work are just to cheap to pay for the full services of the program the Free one does not encrypt a lot of things but the pro and premium version do so read before you leave negative feedback. the free program does everything it says it will

    Cons

    you have to pay to use it in Google chrome witch is bull crap who uses windows explorer anymore? windows explorer haves more exploits then yahoo chat back in it's ychat (protocol) day :) plain and simple windows explorer is probably the least secure browser in the world. anything that haves Microsoft in front of it sucks if i did not need windows i would not own it but it's the year 2012 windows is compatible with everything.

    Summary

    the program is great for being free. don't expect the free program to encrypt everything it does the minimum amount. pay for the full version if you want it to encrypt everything its 45$.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It Does What It's Supposed To Do!"

    March 26, 2012  |   By maxx853

    Version: KeyScrambler Personal 2.9.1

    Pros

    Shows you what each of your keystrokes are changed to as it's happening.
    Has display that can be placed in several different locations to your liking, and only appears when you are typing.
    The display also alerts you to new versions so you can easily stay up to date.
    When I first discovered KeyScrambler and installed it, I had problems getting it to work with my version of FireFox. I emailed support, and got a rapid response with a newer version that solved all problems.

    Cons

    Don't know of any!

    Summary

    I think KeyScrambler is another excellent layer of protection while online and I'm considering purchasing the Pro version, even tho I don't use many of the covered apps, but to show my appreciation for the extra security the free version provides me in FireFox and IE(rarely used).

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works as advertised."

    March 26, 2012  |   By tho_kar

    Version: KeyScrambler Personal 2.9.1

    Pros

    Very small footprint. I feel much safer having it on my system.

    Cons

    Sometimes the scrambled characters are actually typed - happens to me in gmail and win 7 location box.

    Summary

    The con is minor - almost not worth mentioning since it happens rarely.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "(Free version) Works very well."

    March 24, 2012  |   By hlparker

    Version: KeyScrambler Personal 2.9.1

    Pros

    No noticable effect on browser speed

    Cons

    None that I can observe.

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