Spyware is any type of malware that is used to record or monitor user activities. This can include browsing activities, mouse movement, executed programs, and more. Hackers use spyware to gather information on a user, which can then be used to conduct further attacks or data theft.
Keyloggers are a special type of spyware that record a user’s keystrokes. Keyloggers are particularly dangerous, as they can record every keystroke made by the user. Login credentials, personal information, and private messages can all be intercepted using a keylogger.
Many spyware programs also include keylogging capabilities. This combination will allow a hacker to monitor the browsing activity of a user. Then, with the keylogger, the hacker can gather login information for those websites. This can include banking or health insurance websites.