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SpyShelter Stop-Logger Review

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PROS / This anti-keylogger not only encrypts your keystrokes, but also shields your screen, clipboard and webcam from being spied on by hackers.

CONS / When first installed, it uses an extremely heavy hand – flagging many safe operations as potentially dangerous. You have to dig deep into the program's settings to correct this problem.

 VERDICT / This is an application intended for advanced users. If you don't have a functional knowledge of keylogging software, it's best to find another program so you can understand it without doing hours of research.

SpyShelter earned the Top Ten Reviews Silver Award for the best anti-keylogging software because it provides all the protection tools we look for in this category. It gives you real-time protection for your passwords, clipboard contents, webcam and more. These features alone put it in the top tier of our side-by-side comparison chart.

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However, there are a few things that keep it out of the top spot. It's the least user-friendly of the programs we reviewed; if you don't know the ins and outs of keyloggers, it's quite difficult to learn and use effectively. It's also extremely heavy-handed, flagging most safe computer activity as potentially harmful. It also lacks the ability to scan specific files and folders or your computer for keyloggers that may already be there.

Protection

Keyloggers are among the nastiest types of malware because they can capture almost everything that happens on your computer. In addition to capturing your keystrokes, they can spy on your clipboard, webcam, screen and more. The worst keyloggers spy on all of these, which puts everything you do on your computer at risk of being recorded and sent back to the hackers who created the keylogger.

Passwords are possibly the most important security feature for software and services. If hackers can obtain these, they can wreak havoc on all the accounts you use, but especially your financial information like bank account, credit card and Social Security numbers. Keeping your passwords secret is paramount to protecting you from identity theft. As such, SpyShelter gives them particular attention and protection from hackers.

Your clipboard is where your computer stores the information that you cut, copy and paste. Keyloggers have the ability to spy on and steal the contents of your clipboard. Depending on how you use it, your clipboard can contain private information even if you don't actually type that information. SpyShelter shields your clipboard and its contents from being spied on and transmitted back to keylogger creators.

Webcams, which are now standard on almost all new computers, allow you to do a lot of great things like record videos and create live video streams and video communications through programs like Skype. Keylogging software has the ability to turn your cameras on without you knowing. SpyShelter protects your webcam from being turned on remotely so you don't have to worry about being spied on during your most personal moments.

Security

One of the most important features of any anti-keylogging program is the ability to encrypt your keystrokes. This means that even if there is an undetected keylogger on your computer, it won't be able to spy on your keystrokes, because the software scrambles and garbles them as you type. This is what allows SpyShelter to protect things like your login credentials and credit card information.

If it detects a security threat, SpyShelter gives you a few options on what to do. You can allow the action if you deem it safe, or you can quarantine or terminate the file altogether. When you choose to terminate a threat, the software removes it completely from your computer. You need to be careful that you don't do that on a program that might be safe, because if you accidentally remove a safe program, you'll have to reinstall it and potentially lose important information.

Scanning

This anti-keylogger software provides real-time protection against all kinds of keyloggers. It scans your activity for dangerous behavior, infected downloads and even applications that look friendly. However, we found SpyShelter to be extremely heavy-handed. When we first installed the program, it flagged nearly every action we took as potentially dangerous. It took a while to adjust the program's rules and settings to allow us to perform even the most basic tasks without being interrupted by SpyShelter.

The problem with this is that SpyShelter is not user-friendly, especially if you have limited computer skills. Only users with advanced knowledge of malware and how it works will be able to use this program effectively. Otherwise, expect to spend several hours of research and trial-and-error to make this program work the way you want it to.

This program offers no features that allow you to perform file scans or deep system scans for malware that may already be on your computer. SpyShelter's website claims the software can do this using the Jotti Scanner, a free anti-malware program. However, this is a third-party product and therefore not technically part of SpyShelter. You can use it alongside SpyShelter, but that's true of nearly every antivirus program on the market.

Help & Support

Because this program is difficult to use, the knowledgebase on SpyShelter's official website is extremely important. There are over 50 common questions and answers available. However, the answers are only about a paragraph long each and don't provide you with much information or context. If you're not already familiar with the lingo of anti-keylogging software, there's a huge learning curve that most casual users won't be able to overcome.

Summary

SpyShelter is one of the best anti-keyloggers you can buy. It provides great protection for all of your computer's most vulnerable features. However, it misses the top spot on our side-by-side comparison chart because it is difficult to use and learn for average users. It also loses points for not including a scanner that checks specific files and folders for threats, or even your hard drive for current infections. If you have a working knowledge of keylogging software, this program could be ideal. If you don't, you should look into a simpler program that's accessible to the common user.

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