Best Free Onscreen Keyboard
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As the name implies, an On-Screen Keyboard (OSK) is a virtual keyboard that is displayed on the computer screen. It is used as an alternative to the physical keyboard, so people can "type" by using a mouse or other input device.
As a general rule, there are two main reasons why someone would want to use an on-screen keyboard (OSK):
The good news is that there are some great, free programs that will assist with both of these needs.
However, I want to stress that people should use the right tool for the job; use OSKs that are designed for accessibility for that purpose. Use OSKs that are designed for malicious software protection for security purposes.
Accessibility OSKs do not offer any real protection against malicious software, just as security-focused OSKs do not offer much functionality as keyboard replacements.
In addition, Security OSKs should be seen as part of your overall security regime, to assist, but not replace other security software (like firewalls, anti-virus, anti-malware applications).