Best Free Onscreen Keyboard for Security



An On-Screen Keyboard (OSK) is a virtual keyboard that is displayed on the computer screen and used as an alternative to a physical keyboard.

Besides using an OSK for accessibility recommended in Best Free Onscreen Keyboard for Accessibility, you may use an OSK to enhance your security and protect against malicious software. Security OSKs are useful for the following:

  • To provide extra protection when using public, unprotected or potentially suspect computers (e.g. at libraries and internet cafès).
  • To help protect against malicious software that may have a combination of the following features:
    • Keylogging - where the physical keyboard activity is logged;
    • Screen logging - where screenshots are taken at regular periods or taken every time the mouse is clicked;
    • Clipboard logging - where the clipboard is actively monitored;
    • Mouse position logging - where the coordinates of mouse clicks may be captured; this is primarily used to defeat web-based banking OSKs;
    • A technique I call 'field scraping' - where the program may 'scrape' or 'grab' the value of a text box, even if the text box has a password in it and is covered by the **** password mask.

Security OSKs should be seen as part of your overall security regime, to assist, but not replace other security software, e.g. firewalls, anti-virus, anti-malware applications, etc.


Rated Products

Neo's SafeKeys  

A security OSK implements a barrage of stealth techniques for defeating spyware

Our Rating: 
License: Free
10/10 for security.
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Mouse Only Keyboard  

Offers protection against clipboard hooks

Our Rating: 
License: Free
Works with all applications via Windows Clipboard. Quite easy to use.
4/10 for security. No password field protection or screen logger protection. Partial clipboard protection.
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