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Do you ever wonder who is looking over your shoulder? 3M Privacy Screen Sponsored REVIEW

written by Shane "Geek" Lundberg June 26, 2015

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of 3M Company for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

In a day and age where privacy is the hardest thing to keep safe and mobile phones and computers are making it harder and harder, with these huge screens that we have as we walk through a store and check our bank account, look at our email, or even glance across Facebook we never once think “is someone behind us looking at what we are doing?”. As I get older and pay more attention to my privacy through things like my credit report, email monitoring, and password changes I notice more and more how much information I really am just laying out there for anyone to take.

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3M has released a new way to protect some of this information on your mobile devices and screens. I have been using the black screen protector for about two weeks and I love it. This protector while on does not allow anyone that is not looking directly at the device to be able to see anything other than a black screen. For me staring right at the device everything looks crystal clear. When I first applied it I thought it might be a little overkill and do I really need such a thing? As time has progressed I have been asked at least three times what kind of screen protector I have? Now this normally is not a big deal…YES IT IS. That means they were looking at the screen of my phone. After thinking about this from this perspective I really saw the use out of this protector.

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For people in the working field with customer info or even your own info I could see this being very useful as two-thirds of working professionals display sensitive info on their screens. (Thomson, Herbert H, PhD. “Visual Data Breach Risk Assessment Study.” 2010. People Consulting Services, commissioned by 3M.) 

  • Workers report a high incidence of their visual privacy being violated through visual hacking: 69% in the workplace, 55% while traveling, and 51% wile in a public places such as a cafe or hotel. (Risks & Rewards of Online & Mobile Health Services: Consumer attitudes Explored,” Ponemon Institute/Experian Data Breach Resolution Report, April 2014.)
  • A visual hacker may only need one piece of valuable information to unlock a large-scale data breach. (3M Visual Hacking Experiment from the Ponemon Institute, Sponsored by 3M Company.)
  • Visual hacking breaches are more difficult to track and quantify than a traditional electronic hacking due to the lack of telltale digital signatures.

A fact that blew my mind about data breaches and how easy they could be avoided

  • Heightened media attention of data breaches can cost companies millions of dollars in lost customers and irreparable damage to reputation. The average organizational cost per data breach is $5.8 million. (“2014 Cost of a Data Breach Study: Global Analysis,” Ponemon Institute/IBM, May 2014.)

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So as you can see your information is very important whether it be on your own devices or someone else’s. If this article makes sense and you want to check out what you can do to avoid these mistakes on your devices head over and check out all the info over at 3M.

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