protect yourself from visual hacking
April 1, 2020

How to Protect Yourself from Visual Hacking?


This is the age of high-tech security attacks. Malware, ransomware, phishing…the list is endless. Knowing this, most organizations and businesses employ equally sophisticated measures like antivirus, passwords, and fingerprint readers to protect their data. In all this, they ignore the most simplest form of cyber attack – stealing information by reading your computer screen!

This form of viewing confidential or sensitive information is known as visual hacking. As unbelievable as it sounds, such attacks are successful around 90% of the time!

Businesses need to make themselves aware of the growing seriousness of visual hacking, as even one piece of leaked confidential information can cost a company in millions.

Here are some ways you can prevent attempts of visual hacking –

Educate your Employees

The first step to fight against visual hacking is to make your employees aware about its dangers. You can conduct a security awareness training for new employees right at the time of onboarding. Make sure that they understand that every employee is equally responsible for protecting the company’s data.

Be Careful While Working Outside

An increasing number of people are opting for remote work. If you are working in a crowded place such as airport, train or a cafeteria, chances of visual hacking increase exponentially. Be careful if you see someone sitting too close, or is trying to look at the screen over your shoulder. Above all, do not leave your laptop unattended in a public place.

Invest in a Secure Machine

The best option is to work on a laptop that will let you work in peace, without having to worry about anyone stealing glances at your screen. Many of the HP ProBook laptops come with an optional, integrated privacy screen to prevent visual hacking. It blocks the view of the screen when viewed from a side angles.

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