These are strange times for tech and security, as recent headlines have shown. Cyber bullying, online cheating scandals, hacking events, and many more types of internet behaviors have landed plenty of people in hot water lately, some of them in high-profile ways. In some of those instances, the old “it wasn’t me” excuse was tried and quickly failed due to pertinent information being released on the individual in question.

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But what if you could install software that would basically screenshot every single keystroke on your computer? And more importantly, who would want to do such a thing?

Keylogging is often looked down on as the kind of behavior that only a reprobate would engage in, such as someone sneaking over to a school or library computer lab and installing a program that would track everything–from sensitive files to passwords–that users type, but keylogging software also offers a good-guy feature: protecting you from what others may do on your computer.

Whether at home or at work, the Big Brother aspect of programs like Free Keylogger, which has just released an update this week, is unnerving to some in the tech industry, but for others who work in environments of shared computer space, it can actually provide the proof needed to back up their claims of innocence. For example, some 15,000 email addresses linked to the Ashley Madison scandal had .gov or .mil endings, and the IP addresses that were leaked contained many that were government connections. While anyone stupid enough to use his government-issued work address might also be dumb enough to log in from his own work computer, it’s also just as likely that some of those IP addresses were from other users’ workstations. After all, if you’re headed over to a banned website on company time, would you use your computer or the one belonging to the guy from the next cubicle who’s gone to lunch? A keylogging software installed on the computer would report what was entered and at what time, which could then help clear the person whose computer station was compromised.

The same goes for home computers. Instead of thinking as keylogging as “spying” on those who use computers in the household, it’s even more useful to think of it was preventing serious harm down the road by knowing what was entered early. Ideally no one needs to rely on keylogging to find out if their spouses are cheating, but it comes down to personal safety when children or teens enter the equation. Parents of kids who are just emerging into the cyberspace may find keylogging to be a lifesaver–literally, even–in terms of unobtrusively knowing what sites their kids have visited, how they logged into those sites, and what was said there.

To check out the recent update to Free Keylogger and other releases, go to FileHippo by clicking HERE.