3M™ Privacy Filters improve privacy in the office and on the move. Protect yourself from visual hacking of sensitive data
On 25th May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force across the EU, with the aim of increasing business accountability. Companies will now have to prove that they act responsibly when dealing with data protection and privacy, including taking preventative actions. A 3M™ Privacy Filter can work as an effective preventive measure designed to protect your screen from unwanted side glances.
Visual hacking – the visual theft of data – can be a risk when viewing or processing sensitive data. A 3M Privacy Filter can help protect information on your screen from prying eyes. They’re designed to allow you to see your content clearly while others beside you only see a black screen.
Usernames and passwords are two of the most common pieces of information which grant access to the digital infrastructure of a business. Being observed while entering this information can have a devastating impact on the digital security of your company.
It is also the same tactic used for social engineering, where criminals identify digital vulnerabilities of employees by analysing their life and habits. It’s not just about passwords – spying a screen for information or financial details plays a major role too. An insight into an employee’s appointment calendar or contact list might also be very useful for a criminal.
In a field trial, the work of a journalist was spied on by visual hackers while he was working on a sensitive article during a flight . An unobstructed view of his work from behind enabled the hacker to collect valuable information.
It only takes a few seconds to read and steal private data from a computer screen. Take care of your privacy, it's easier than you think.