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 works as an effective preventive measure, protecting against unwanted side glances on your screen while you work.
Visual hacking – the visual theft of data – is a risk when viewing or processing sensitive data. With a 3M Privacy Filter it’s easy to protect the digital information on your screen from prying eyes when it becomes visible to those around you. A privacy filter can also help ensure GDPR compliance when employees work away from the office. They’re designed to allow you to see your content clearly while prying eyes 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.
See the dangers for yourself in this video.
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Whether it’s a monitor, smartphone, tablet or notebook – 3M provides the right filter for your device.
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.