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Here’s an Easy Way to Protect Yourself from Visual Hacking

We’re big fans of the open office. Granted, the bar was set low — if Azkaban exists, it’s the old school office, because cubicles are essentially Dementors. Knocking down those soul-sucking work walls lets the light in and lets you see all those wonderful faces you get to work with! Not quite magical, but we’ll take what we can get.

Alright, so maybe it’s not exactly Hogwarts, either. While not many people are shedding tears over the demise of the cubicle, those walls did afford you a measure of privacy. Maybe you needed that privacy to keep valuable work information secret, maybe you needed it to make sure your addiction to Kids Baking Championship didn’t get out. We won’t pry! The important thing is that we all need and deserve some privacy, even in the era of openness — and in the office, there’s no better privacy partner than 3M.

Forget about boss buttons or security software — 3M makes privacy simple, no expertise required. Their thin privacy filters can be applied to any screen, limiting the viewing angle to 60 degrees. If anyone tries to sneak a peek from the side, they’ll only see a black screen — or a gold one, if you really want to dazzle them with privacy protection. The filters make sure that the display can only be seen by the one person looking directly at it — you.

Bring your own device to work? No problem. 3M makes filters for all sizes of displays, plus different kinds of devices. They have filters for widescreen displays, touch displays, and laptop displays. They even make filters for tablets and smartphones, so you can work or play on the go without worrying about random subway snoops.

Wherever you happen to be, that kind of over-the-shoulder snooping — visual hacking — is a concern. 3M worked with the Ponemon Institute to study the issue, and the results were eye-opening. They asked 46 mobile workers about their experiences, and found that 87 percent of them caught someone looking over their shoulder while working in public. 87 percent, and that’s just the workers who actually caught someone! Despite the ugly numbers, over half of those surveyed said that they hadn’t done anything to protect their screens while working in public.

We know the risk is there, so it’s time to do something about it. 3M privacy filters take almost no time to install, don’t require any software to deal with, and provide an iron-clad way to stop anyone trying to sneak a peek at your screen from the side. Whether you’re worried about keeping financial details secret, keeping company data secure, or just keeping your guilty pleasures between you and Netflix, 3M privacy filters have your back.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of 3M. The opinions and text are all mine.

3M makes filters for all sizes