Keyloggers. What a scary term in the current day of computers and the internet. Commonly used by  hackers to figure out what keys you are entering to log into say… your PayPal and ripping your password right out of it to make their own transactions with your money. Yup scary. You wouldn’t ever consider downloading one for yourself though, would you?! I did.

WhatPulse is an interesting piece of software that securely logs your keypresses, mouse clicks, etc. all for your personal enjoyment. Curious how many times you’ve hit your spacebar throughout today, last week, or even your entire life? What Pulse will tell you just that!

I’ve been using WhatPulse for over 5 years now as a fun little way to just see what I do when I’m on the computer. Back then, the software is in its infancy, only tracking basic statistics such as key presses. Nowadays, it keeps track of some awesome information like how much data you upload and download per day, where on your screen you click the most, your computer’s uptime, and much more. It’s a crazy awesome service that I’m extremely happy has been alive this long.

Speaking of the service staying alive, WhatPulse offers an awesome premium service that for $2 each month (pretty cheap!), you get some more detailed stats. You even get to post graphs like this:

WhatPulse Mouse Heatmap
Mouse click heatmap for this week. Pretty nifty, right?!

Now of course, you might be thinking it might not be the best idea to log all of your keypresses, clicks, etc. because of privacy concerns. If you are a huge privacy freak, then this software is obviously not for you, however I will say that during the 5+ years I’ve been using this software, I have yet to have a password stolen on me, or any data from this software leave my hands and go to someone untrusted. The data stays securely on their servers and that’s it! They have an awesome privacy page that you can read on their site.

Overall, WhatPulse is pretty freakin sick. I’ve had a few people ask me about the program on my computer, so I figured I might as well give a write up on my blog and spread the word. I’m seriously surprised not as many people know about this program even though it’s been around since 2003!

If you want to find out more about WhatPulse, do yourself a favor and head to their website at WhatPulse.org.