Your mechanical keyboard isn’t just annoying, it’s also a security risk

If noisy mechanical keyboards are the bane of your life at home or in the office then you may have just found the perfect excuse to stop your colleagues or loved one from smashing those keys so loudly – it turns out that hackers can tell almost exactly what you’re writing just by listening to you type.

Keytap3 is a software developed by Georgi Gerganov that can detect what keys are being pressed simply by listening at a close range with a half-decent microphone, with Gerganov demonstrating this using a mobile phone’s built-in microphone in an ‘acoustic eavesdropping’ test on their YouTube channel.

This isn’t the first version that Gerganov has developed though this is by far the most intuitive, having previously dabbled in projects that required the user to type a series of predetermined words and phrases to ‘train’ Gerganov’s software into deciphering what keys are being selected.