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Visual hacking is real

And it’s happening globally. Computer screens are at risk of exposing sensitive information, but 3M can help.

Learn how to protect your screens from visual hackers.

Visual privacy in a changing workplace

An eye-opening look at the importance of screen security — in the office and beyond.

In a 2021 study sponsored by 3M, the Ponemon Institute investigated how COVID-19 and the global shift to remote and hybrid work have impacted workplace privacy and data security. In total, 564 IT and IT security managers and 617 business managers in the United States were surveyed. All were from organizations that required employees to work from home due to COVID-19.

The results are alarming and demonstrate the importance of screen security and visual privacy in the workplaces of today and tomorrow.¹

  • Three pins, one with a house icon, one with a coffee icon, and one with a globe icon in the pins
    Remote work has exploded.

    The average percentage of employees working remotely has nearly tripled since COVID-19, from 24% to 65%.¹

  • A laptop icon with a pin on the bottom right and a lock icon in the middle of the laptop.
    New workplaces bring new risks.

    64% of IT security managers were very concerned that prying eyes will hack sensitive information on remote workers’ screens.¹

  • An eye logo with a lock next to it on the bottom right of the eye.
    Managers are also at risk.

    Only 34% of business managers found it possible to prevent others from viewing their screens while working from home.¹

The statements, information, views, and opinions expressed in this report are those of the persons being interviewed by the Ponemon Institute and do not necessarily reflect 3M's factual understanding or its views or opinions. While this report was sponsored by 3M, 3M did not participate in the interviews, the preparation for the interviews or the gathering of responses of those being interviewed. The report is intended for occupational use by persons with the knowledge and technical skills to use such information. It is supplemental only and is not intended to replace any detailed information about 3M products that can be found in written 3M Product Literature.

Office visual hacking risk areas

Take the risk out of these key risk areas by addressing points of vulnerability in the workplace.

Understanding the methods of visual hackers can also help protect your visual privacy in the office. Organizational leadership can identify common points of visual hacking to help reduce vulnerability. Login credentials, classified documents, corporate financials and more are at stake.

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Take a walk through your office

Virtually any screen you can see can also be seen by a visual hacker.

  • Illustration of person looking at screens in an office
    Anyone can be a visual hacker.

    How many visitor and contractors walk through your office every day? Even your own employees may see sensitive information.

  • Illustration of a person looking at screens in an open office environment
    Open office designs are prime targets.

    The low walls and shared workspaces in many contemporary open office environments mean more screens are visible to more people.

  • Illustration of person looking through a glass office wall
    Be aware of common areas and glass walls.
    Lunchrooms, break rooms, conference rooms, and glass office walls and doors are all open season for prying eyes.

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Helping you prevent visual hacking

Encouraging awareness of visual privacy in the workplace and equipping screens with 3M™ Privacy Products is a great way to help you or your company reduce the risk of visual hacking.

  • Graphic showing the zone of privacy protection with people sitting next to you using 3M privacy screens.

    Keep visual hackers in the dark

    3M™ Screen Privacy Products use advanced microlouver and nanolouver technology to block side views while providing a bright, crisp and clear view for the intended user.

  • 3M™ Privacy Filters

    Help your employees protect the sensitive information on their screens.

    See all our privacy products

  • Privacy for Your Organization

    See how healthcare, education, finance and government organizations can help prevent visual hacking breaches on their screens.

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¹ “The Impact of the New Normal on Workplace Privacy: A Study of Business and IT and IT Security Managers Presented by Ponemon Institute.” Sponsored by 3M Company and independently conducted by Ponemon Institute. June 2021. (PDF, 4.01 MB)