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Privacy filters – The best weapon against visual hacking

by Jon Rettinger | May 16, 2017May 16, 2017 8:10 am PST

You’re sitting on a plane, trying to get some work done when out of the corner of your eye you notice the person sitting next to you stealing quick glances at your laptop screen. You immediately start wondering what they’ve seen. Did they see your password? Your quarterly TPS reports? The top secret project you’re working on?

‘Visual Hacking,’ as it’s known, has become a real problem in today’s increasingly mobile world. Even in your office environment, thanks to open floor plans, the probability of someone taking a quick glance at your screen and being privy to information they shouldn’t has increased.

In a recent study from the Ponemon Institute, “Public Spaces Survey Study,” 2017, sponsored by 3M, it was found that 87 percent of mobile workers said they’ve caught someone looking over their shoulder, but only 50 percent of them were aware of privacy filters that could help alleviate this issue.

This is an all too common problem that is only going to get worse as time goes on, but thankfully 3M Privacy Filters can help cut back on some of it.

3M Privacy Filters are available for a wide-range of different products and once you’ve installed one you’ll be able to work a little easier knowing how much more secure your screen is. With a 3M Privacy Filter installed you’ll cut down the viewable range of your screen to a 30-degree cone directly in front which is the sweet spot for doing your work. Outside of that cone your screen appears dark and unreadable, keeping prying eyes away from your valuable and private information.

While videos such as the one in this post poke fun at the issue, visual hacking is a real problem in our continually connected world, and 3M Privacy Filters may just be the tool you need to make it that much safer.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of 3M. The opinions and text are all mine.

Jon Rettinger

Jon, perhaps best known by his YouTube alter ego Jon4Lakers, has a love for technology that can never be quenched, no matter how hard he tries. If...