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keylogger for ubuntu (11.04/10.10/11.10)

Keylogger or Keystroke logger is some kind of software or hardware device (or may be combination of both) that is used to track the keys struck of the keyboard (The process is called ‘keylogging’) in such a way that the person whose keyboard actions are being monitored is totally unaware of that. Therefore keylogger can be used in many situation for getting all the data entered (So if the user press any key then it will be recorded) from keyboard e.g Passwords, Credit Card, critical conversation (mail, IRC chat …) and other confidential information.

Keylogger is one of the most popular spying software in the history of computer. This post is aimed to explain about a free and open source keylogger software (desktop utility) and hardware devices that you can use on Ubuntu (11.10/10.10/10.04/11.10).

So what do you think about keylogger ? is it really illegal to monitor someone’s keystrokes (of course without permission, otherwise there will be no problem at all – In that case either the user won’t use the system or they don’t care!) ? it depends! (it can be called legal if you are not using the captured data to harm others; certainly you have full right to install such Apps or monitor keyboard activities on your computer) but in some situation it may be really useful; you can easily guess when, Right? Just Think about it.

Software Keylogger for Ubuntu


A number of keylogging programs/applications are available for Ubuntu, and a good one that I’ve used is logkeys. Logkeys is a keylogger for Linux based operating system, it’s free and open source (hosted at Google Code). it has a lot of advanced features and it works smoothly in the background.

How to Install Logkeys Keylogger on Ubuntu

Open terminal and type the command (Enter your password if required)

sudo apt-get install logkeys

Using Logkeys to start keylogging process

Open terminal and type (it will create a log file in your current directory (most probably in your /home/your_user_name/spy.log), where your target file will be stored)

touch spy.log
sudo logkeys --start --output spy.log

Now your keylogger is running in background you can close the terminal. The output will be stored in the spy.log (it’s just for example purpose, don’t use filenames like this :) ).

kill logkeys process to stop keylogging

sudo logkeys  --kill

Reading keystrokes recoreded by keylogger

strings spy.log

Read official Documentation for more options and tutorials.

Hardware Keylogger for Ubuntu

There are many hardware based devices available for capturing keyboard events. Some of them works at BIOS level while some are based on keyboard level. They do not need any software to capture keyboard strokes, but it can’t be done remotely, because you need physical access to the computer.

(1)  4MB USB Keylogger


It doesn’t require any driver or software and works with all Linux based OS as well as with Windows XP/Vista/7. it is capable of recording all keys strokes.

Buy it from Amazon (Price : $68.99)

(2)  64K PS/2 hardware keylogger


Buy it from Amazon (Price : $39.89)

How to protect yourself from keyloggers

Many of us uses public computer or  any computer other than your personal one, in that case there might be a keylogger running on that system. Really ? yeah! but don’t worry it’s very simple to protect from most of the keyloggers. The simple tips is to always use on-screen keyboard to enter confidential data on untrusted computers, although you should also avoid using public computer for such confidential work.

Warning!  The purpose of this post is to explain keylogging on Ubuntu! So if you use this information for illegal activities then you will be responsible. Remember, whether the keylogging is legal or illegal, it all depends on how you are using the captured data (Your Karma and intention), e.g just for learning or research => legal use; on the other hand if you use it for cracking into other accounts or stealing credit card details then of course it will be illegal.


how to install synaptic package manager in ubuntu 11.10

Ubuntu 11.10 (code named as ‘Oneiric Ocelot’ ) Alpha 3 released last week, with a lot of exciting and stunning improvements/changes. Ubuntu 11.10 final version will be released on Oct 13, 2011. The current stable version is 11.04 (Natty Narwhal).

Canonical has a done a lot of changes – a lot of new applications / packages has been added, while some has been removed; e.g synaptic has been dropped out in Ubuntu 10.10. Synaptic is one of the most stable and popular tool for installing/removing/managing packages in a many Linux distributions (including Ubuntu till current stable version). To be honest, most of the time I uses apt-get utility for installing new applications, but I do use Synaptic Package Manager some times (Few months before Synaptic was my most favorite tool for software installation). Anyway, a lot of Ubuntu users like Synaptic Package Manager and they found it more useful then Ubuntu Software Center (On which the canonical is focusing more).

Synaptic Package Manager  – One of the most popular tools in Ubuntu 10.10


Synaptic works as a front end of aptitude (which itself is a front end of Advanced Packaging Tool) so it does a lot of works in GUI mode –

  • Installing New softwares/Apps
  • Removing unused softwares
  • Automatic package update
  • add/remove package source etc.

So, synaptic is not installed by default in Ubuntu 11.10 but if you want to use it then just install it, in a few simple command, although it’s a different fact that –
” Due to the improvement in Ubuntu Software Center , nobody would probably need Synaptic, USC is sufficient for beginners while advanced users would go for apt-get “.

Installing Synaptic in Ubuntu 11.10 – from Command Line/Terminal

Open Terminal (Applications -Accessories ->Terminal or hit CTL+ALT+T) and type (Followed By your login password) :

sudo apt-get install synaptic
Eclipse IDE on Ubuntu 11.04

web development tools for Ubuntu 10.10

This post will explain about some open source and free web development tools that you can use to increase your productivity while using Ubuntu(Linux Based operating system,specifically designed for desktop users) 10.10(Maverick Meerkat) or 10.04(Lucid Lynx).

web development on ubuntu | with Eclipse

#1 : Eclipse Web Development tools ::

Eclipse IDE is probably the best for web development on Ubuntu.it’s open source and available completely free.Eclipse is mainly popular as JAVA IDE but it has a lot of plugins and special editions for web developers.e.g Eclipse PHP,Javascript,HTML,XML and so on.Some packages are specially organized in web tools.Installing Eclipse is quite simple ..just extract it to any directory and run the main executable.If you are still not sure then see here – installing eclipse on ubuntu 10.10 Continue reading

ubuntu accounting software | home-bank

Accounting software for Ubuntu

Note : This is an old article targeted at older version of Ubuntu.

For Ubuntu 9.10 or 10.04, a lot of softwares or tools available for managing accounts and financial transaction but I’ve picked the best two.

ubuntu accounting software | home-bank

1. HomeBank

Homebank is a simple and fast application program for managing accounts and transaction.Its graphical user interface is designed well(By Using GTK2) and easy to use.Home-Bank is an open source and free software, designed to serve as a personal accounting tool for all users.

Features of HomeBank

  • support multi accounts
  • It can import data from QFX/CSV files
  • you can manage your budget
  • statistical analysis with graphical charts
  • fast startup time

accounting software for ubuntu

How to Install HomeBank on Ubuntu 10.04

Open Ubuntu Software Center and search for “homebank”.Then click on install button in the results(containing homebank).Installation will begin and complete within few minutes.Then you can use homebank from Applications->Office->HomeBank.

2. GnuCash Finance Management

Gnucash is also an financial accounting software that can be used for personal use and small business.It is an open source,free and cross platform application(available for GNU/Linux,BSD,Windows,Solaris and MacOSX).GnuCash is very flexible and easy to use and you can track your bank accounts,income,expences and stocks.Some other features includes

  • QIF/HBCI/QFX import
  • transaction scheduling
  • Financial Calculation
  • Double Entry
  • Mutual Fund Accounts
  • Graphical Analysis
  • Transaction Finder
  • Localization
  • Support for Multiple Currencies

How to install Gnucash on Ubuntu .

You may also find these web based finance tools useful :

video converter for ubuntu 11.04

video converter for ubuntu 10.04

Video Format Conversion Tool for Ubuntu 10.04
For Ubuntu 10.04(Lucid Lynx), the recommended video converter is Transmageddon Video Transcoder.The main purposes of this software is to help peoples in creating different formats of files so that they can play on their mobile devices without much effort.Transmageddon is very easy to use with a simple and easy to use user interface(GUI). It has support for almost all common files formats and you can directly choose the mobile devices(i.e for Sony PSP or Nokia OR Apple Ipod Nano or Sony Playstation3 or Motorola KRZR K1v) from the options and it will automatically geneate the required format.The full list of supported Codecs(Containers,Audio and Video encoders) are

  • Ogg
  • AVI
  • flv
  • MPEG4
  • Quick Time
  • MXT
  • MP3
  • AAC
  • FLAC
  • Vorbis
  • Theora
  • MPEG2
  • xvid
  • DivX5
  • Dirac

install video converter on ubuntu

Install video converter-Transmageddon Video Transcoder on Ubuntu

  1. Open Ubuntu Software Center(USC) from Aplications.
  2. Search for “Transmageddon” or “Video Transcoder” in the quick search bar.
  3. Click on install button to proceed for installation;it may ask you to enter your login password(Ubuntu 10.04 user account) if so then enter.
  4. Downloading and installing process will finish within few minutes.
  5. That’s All…Now open it from Applications->Sound & Video->Transmageddon Video Transcoder…..

Also visit https://xpstopdf.net  for converting *.xps documents to *.pdf format. It’s a free web based tool.