Many companies have sophisticated systems in place to protect against data breaches. However, it is imperative that a company’s workers take personal responsibility for safeguarding sensitive and confidential data. By adhering to the below visual privacy best practices, a company’s workforce can help effectively combat visual hacking threats.
1. Utilize your “Visual Privacy Toolkit.”
The toolkit consists of resources that help reduce the chance of visual hacking incidents. Make sure that your device screens are equipped with privacy filters and privacy screen protector products. When your company provides or recommends different physical and software security technologies, make sure to utilize these technologies and update them as necessary. Make sure that passwords on all devices have been masked. When working with physical documents, make sure they have been removed from sight when not in use.
2. Secure your workspace.
Make sure that any physical documents containing proprietary information have been put in a locked drawer or other secure container before leaving your workspace. Ensure that computer monitors and device displays have been shut down and password protected. Do not leave passwords in plain view of others.
3. Analyze your surroundings.
When working with confidential information in public places or open-office environments, be aware of the surroundings and adjust location accordingly. For instance, when working in a crowded public location such as a coffee shop, angle your device or physical documents toward the wall or away from busy walk ways to reduce visual hacking risks. Make sure to use a privacy filter for your computer and a privacy screen protector for your tablet or smartphone if you’re frequently accessing sensitive corporate data outside of the office.
4. Make visual privacy a priority.
Most employees are accessing confidential information outside of the office to some degree as we now live in a highly mobile society. Just as you wouldn’t vocally announce personal information like customer information or company financials, don’t let your documents or device screen do this for you. Pay attention to what type of branded corporate apparel or paraphernalia you use while outside the office to protect yourself and your company against harmful phishing attacks. Make it a priority to comply with your company’s visual privacy standard and security policies.
5. Raise visual privacy awareness within your organization.
Lead by example by upholding visual privacy whenever possible. Participate in security and privacy training and ongoing education efforts. Share these messages with other company workers and new hires. Report any visual hacking incidents to your company’s Security or IT department immediately to be addressed and to reduce the risk of future incidents within your company.
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