USB Canary

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Why this tool?

USB Canary is a tool to monitor the addition or removal of USB devices while a computer is locked. This small utility is written in Python and can provide an alert.

How it works

USB Canary uses pyudev to monitor the addition or removal of devices. Upon an event, it will send out an alert using the specified alerting channel like SMS or Slack.

Usage and audience

USB Canary is commonly used for hardware security or system monitoring. Target users for this tool are general public.


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Tool review and remarks

The review and analysis of this project resulted in the following remarks for this security tool:


  • + More than 500 GitHub stars
  • + The source code of this software is available


  • - Full name of author is unknown


Supported operating systems

USB Canary is known to work on Linux.

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Related tool information


This tool is categorized as a Linux hardware security tool, USB protection tool, and USB security tool.