A good use for a keylogger?

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Normally when I discuss keyloggers on the Clu-blog it’s in relation to identity thieves stealing your usernames and passwords as you bank online.

But Lenovo appears to have found a positive use – as they’ve used keylogging software to help them redesign the tried-and-trusted keyboard.

Take a moment or two to check out the keyboard on Lenovo’s new ThinkPad T400s notebook. Do you notice anything unusual?

Well done to any eagle-eyed readers who noticed that the DEL key appears to have been pumped full of steroids. Apparently the ESC key is similarly enhanced.

Lenovo chose to make these changes to what has become a fairly standard cross-industry design to the computer keyboard after installing keystroke capturing software on to the PCs of 30 of its employees. According to media reports, the company discovered that workers were using the small Escape and…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.