HP, 3M to include privacy screens on commercial laptops

The two companies are collaborating to thwart visual hacking with privacy screen options on laptops.

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Hewlett-Packard and 3M said Wednesday that they will collaborate on privacy screens and incorporate them into future laptops.

The move is aimed at deterring so-called "visual hacking," which consists of looking over someone's shoulder to gather information and credentials. Any road warrior can tell you about how there's an someone looking at your screen.

HP's initial plan is to collaborate with 3M on the privacy screens and include them with commercial PCs. It's unclear whether the screens will be an option or a new model entirely.

3M's technology can be switched on to deter snooping. A Ponemon Institute survey found that nearly 90 percent of attempts to steal business information via visual means were successful.

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