Erring on the side of caution. It’s not a bad practice. For instance, I cover the keypad when entering my ATM pin. Or buckle my seatbelt when just driving around the corner to the grocery store. In that same vein, I continue to use 3M’s ePrivacy filter on my iPad.
If you didn’t read my hands on review from August I suggest you take a quick glance at it. In short 3M’s ePrivacy filters, especially for the iPad, are an easy and effective way to prevent visual hacking. Plus, it makes looking at certain apps less embarrassing, such as Tinder or Bumble.
But the real cache of 3M’s privacy filters might be in the professional sense. All too often employees look at sensitive corporate documents or legal documents in the public domain, leaving themselves and their employers open for hacking. It would behove all those in the corporate world to make a small investment in these since the return is in effect 1000s of times over on what the cost is.
So suffice to say their Privacy filters are well worth their cost, if not for nothing just to simply reduce the thought of “is anyone looking at my screen right now?”. That in mind, there were times when I would normally wait until I arrive home to login to my bank account, or check my work email with what might be embargoed product news. Not any more. Ok, almost not any more, but to be truthful it really has reduced the stress associated with the potential of others peering over my shoulder. I know I’ve done it. And you probably have as well; looked at someone else’s screen while at work or on the bus. Right?
And while this may all sound like fear mongering, there really isn’t anything to lose by using one of 3M Privacy filters. The largest caveat is that there is some reduced brightness, but that’s a rather minor expense in the grand scheme of things, which in this case is not only privacy but far more security.
So do tell: have you ever had your privacy invaded? Have you ever wondered how someone gained access to your email or bank account? Maybe, just maybe they were “reading over your shoulder”.