Serious Mac keylogger for macOS as a text backup system

Here you can see how you can click your way through emails, websites visited and programs used on the Mac. And of course the text that you type in the text editor or in Wordpress is also recorded.

The day before yesterday I was looking for a keylogger for my Mac (I am running macOS Mojave). The background to the search was not that I want to spy on someone or that I want to see if someone is secretly tinkering on my Mac when I'm not there, but it had a very simple practical background: My WordPress had hacked another article for me that I started in the evening.

Loss of data while writing articles

After half the work I left the editor window open and put the MacBook to sleep. After I got back to the computer the next day, I finished the article and wanted to save it. Unfortunately, a page came up on which WordPress asked me "Do you really want to do that?" ... uh ... yes, I think so. Note: The message is now called WordPress "You do not have the required rights to access this page.".

If you are currently writing an article in WordPress and seeing this message, you should be prepared for the fact that the written text may be gone.

If you are currently writing an article in WordPress and seeing this message, you should be prepared for the fact that the written text may be gone.

So freshly and freely clicked on OK and then came the WordPress login window. When I logged in, there was only the old version of my article (from the day before). WordPress had logged me out overnight and I no longer had permission to save the article.

The interesting thing: Even if WordPress has an autosave function, there was no automatic backup to be found here. I assume that the Telekom may have also given me a new IP (24h forced disconnection) and that at such an inconvenient time that the automatic backup no longer even worked because the session was already over.

Keylogger on the Mac as a backup solution for online editors

The end of the song was that I'd lost an hour or so of work. And now I finally wanted to do something about it, because it happened quite often that I had filled out forms on websites and then lost the data due to some stupid mistake that was supposed to arrive at the other server - a problem that was mainly online Editors, SEOs and bloggers should know. My thought was: "You need OS X software that simply records everything you type in the background. Then you always have a rough backup of the things you type." So I started looking for such a software and commissioned Google to give me appropriate websites. But it wasn't that easy after all ...

Once you have installed the keylogger, you can access your typed texts at any time - even if Auto-Save has failed again (Photo: StartupStockPhotos / Pixabay).

Once you have installed the keylogger, you can access your typed texts at any time - even if Auto-Save has failed again (Photo: StartupStockPhotos / Pixabay).

Keyloggers in general offer a lot of leeway for bad people

While looking at the search results, I noticed that there are quite a few dubious and untrustworthy "freeware" in the field. It quickly became clear to me why this is so: When I install a keylogger, there is always the possibility that it not only logs things (and that includes passwords!), But also logs them in the background to another person (for example the bad programmer!) sends. And when you think about what kind of details you hack into the keyboard, it was a nightmare scenario for me, because it started with Admin password From website admin passwords to login for online banking, everything would be included! You should therefore be extremely careful if you really want to install a keylogger on your computer.

For security reasons, I wanted to look for a reputable provider who offers software as a Mac OS X keylogger. After browsing through a number of websites and shops and being confronted with windy freeware and the like, I finally found it: REFOG Mac Keylogger is the software of my choice.

And the software has even more advantages that have convinced me:

  • You can view visited websites in all browsers (I often have the problem that I remember visiting an interesting website and then I cannot find it in the history)
  • you can shimmy through all the logged information with a text search
  • the provider has one Trial version with which you can watch the program first
Here you can see how you can click your way through emails, websites visited and programs used on the Mac. And of course the text that you type in the text editor or in WordPress is also recorded.

Here you can see how you can click your way through emails, websites visited and programs used on the Mac. And of course the text that you type in the text editor or in WordPress is also recorded.

Keylogger software for employee monitoring?

If you look around on the Refog website, you will also find a version called "Employee Monitor", which is intended to keep an eye on your employees. Anyone who thinks they can actually use the software to monitor their employees should get this out of their heads quickly, because that's something that is in Germany - luckily! - punishable.

For my needs, however, the tool is perfectly suited and I like to pay for it before I install a free freeware or shareware that pretends to be a keylogger for OS X, but is actually a Trojan that you open all gates freely ...

Anyone interested in the software will find here for the Refog Mac Keylogger.

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9 comments

  1. celine says:

    thanks for the great article :) that's exactly what I've often thought to myself. I often copy the text of a form or something similar to the clipboard before I click ok. but sometimes not. and you have been screwing and typing forever ... and then ...

    therefore I also looked for a keylogger and found the following in addition to aobo:

    http://www.refog.de/keyloggers-comparison.html
    (below: product for mac)

    http://www.mac-keylogger.org/free_mac_key_logger_comparison.html

    did you find this one too? are similar to aobo and have excluded the passwords in the smallest version.
    what do you think of them?

    so, now I copy the whole text into the clipboard, if nothing happens when sending;)

    • sir appleot says:

      I didn't know these sites yet, but I also can't say whether the Refog keylogger is any good. I haven't tested it. In any case, Aobo's one does what I wanted and does quite well. So there is no reason for me to look any further. :)

  2. Jay says:

    There is a much more elegant solution to the smearing of articles in WordPress or other programs that run in the browser (e-mail, etc.):
    Always write texts in a text edit window. This has the advantage that the spelling is checked at the same time. Cache the file on the desktop if you like and delete it later. But it doesn't have to be, because even if the Mac smears, it usually restores the window from a temporary file.
    When the text is ready, simply copy & paste it into the browser.

    • sir appleot says:

      Hi Jay! Yes, it is a possibility. However, I still find it a bit cumbersome that you can't include photos. Formatting is also only accepted to a limited extent. I would have to have an HTML editor to secure things. Or you would have to set the autosave timing in WordPress to one minute. Then not much can be lost. But the problem is definitely not completely solved yet ... :)

  3. Max says:

    Does the logging of passwords relate to OSX passwords or are PWs from websites also logged or not logged there?

    • sir appleot says:

      Hi Max! The keylogger simply logs "without filtering" everything that is typed on the keyboard. So also logins that you use when you log in. But also emails that you type or other keyboard entries. There are now some banks that expect the PIN to be entered with a virtual block of ten and the mouse when logging in. Of course, he cannot record mouse inputs because he cannot "know" what you are currently clicking on. I hope I was able to help you ... VG!

  4. Thomas Bluss says:

    Hallo,

    do not understand which logger you have tested now? ambo or refugee? And he can't log a PW. there is also only the hoverwatch there. Or am I wrong?

    • Jen Kleinholz says:

      Hello Thomas! Yes, the product may now be called Hoverwatch. The article is a bit older and I didn't use the keylogger to record passwords. For that reason I can unfortunately not comment on that. I think with macOS Catalina Apple introduced more restrictions for apps that might also prevent passwords from being read - which is actually a good thing.

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