HP tackles ‘visual hacking’ with privacy filters in laptop, tablet screens – Computerworld

HP is putting integrated filters in laptop and tablet displays this year so Peeping Toms can’t steal confidential information when surreptitiously viewing your screen.

HP’s privacy filters will make laptop and tablet screens visible to users in direct view of the display. Moving slightly away makes what’s displayed on the screen fuzzier and then virtually invisible the further you go.

Users won’t be able to see a screen from a 35-degree angle on the left or right, said John Groden, director for Elitebook products at HP. This feature could be handy in planes, airports or cafes, where sensitive information on the laptop could be visible to others.

Security is especially important to corporate users, and this technology will prevent “visual hacking,” which is a growing threat, Groden said.

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