The following message has been circulating around social networks, especially on Facebook:
If you visit a cyber cafe and find any black pin attached to your CPU as shown in the picture, kindly do not use that system. This pin is actually a connection which saves all your data you enter in the system. Thus it’s a risk to your privacy over internet. Risk to your email accout password, facebook password, intrnet banking account passwords or any data you enter. It’s a hardware keylogger & is very powerful. It records each and every action of your system.
Yes, it does look like a keylogger. It is a connection on the end of the keyboard and can capture all data that you enter before it reaches the computer. But will you actually find them in Cyber Cafes around the world? The chances are very close to 0%. By the way, it doesnt have to be black as shown in the picture, but could be any colour or shape. Regardless of the colour or design, let me give you the reasons why you will not find one of these in the Cyber Cafes.
REASON 1 – They are too easy to get caught with
The first thing to remember is that it is a very old piece of technology. Criminals looking to capture your data in this manner would not risk being caught by using an easily visible piece of hardware such as this. Instead, they would use a software keylogger. These are much harder to detect and dont require the criminal to go back to the cafe to pick up the data, as it can just be sent to them over the internet.
REASON 2 – They dont capture enough data
The keylogger only records keystrokes. If you visit a website by clicking on a link, the keylogger does not know what website you are on, and therefore the strokes it records have relatively no use. If you type in the website url then that is a different story. Often websites require users to click around within their site before entering passwords, or selecting options from dropdown menus. So while a Hotmail or Facebook account may be at risk, internet banking sites are harder to crack. These factors also make hardware keyloggers obselete, and are another reason why a criminal would use a software option which could also capture urls.
REASON 3 – They are a waste of money
Hardware costs money. That’s a fact. Plus there are the travelling expenses and hassle to go and pick them up again. All this just to get inside somebodys email account. As with the previous 2 reasons, the software option is what the criminal would use. Keylogger malware can be downloaded for free, potentially installed over the internet for free, and certainly can have its data downloaded for free. The cost factor makes the decision to use a software keylogger a no-brainer.
The objective of this information is just to create fear and panic. If you come across it on the internet, then I would advise you not to play the game and forward it around to your friends. Instead, a more wiser option would be to advise the poster of this website, and inform them about the truth of the situation.
In saying that, Cyber Cafes are actually a risky place to enter your personal information. Maybe not much can happen, but being locked out of your email account is definitely an annoying problem. The best solution when visiting Cyber Cafes is to load up an onscreen keyboard. There are many available for free on the internet, and they allow you to press the buttons of a keyboard on the screen with your mouse. If you use the onscreen keyboards to enter all of your account passwords, then this is the best way to stay safe in a Cyber Cafe.