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Privacy filters for secure mobile working

3M Privacy Filters : 12 March, 2008  (New Product)
3M assists in the prevention of shoulder surfing endured by mobile workers by providing a Privacy Filter designed to offer clarity of vision for the user whilst blacking out the screen image for onlookers.
3M will present its range of computer privacy filters in the technology showcase at Forrester's Security Forum EMEA 2008 in Amsterdam, 2-3 April. The company aims to raise awareness of the potential security threats involved with using laptops in the public domain and to encourage greater discipline among the professional mobile workforce through the promotion of best practices.

"The combination of increasing laptop sales and the rise of mobile workers means that more employees are working in public places that they previously couldn't, and this is creating concern within organisations about what data is being worked on and who is able to see the screen," commented Nick Hughes, Business Development Manager of 3M's Optical Systems business. "There is a real and present need for organisations to protect business data by investing in mobile security tools that will enable employees to work safely and productively when out and about."

In a survey commissioned by 3M in 2007, 70 per cent of laptop users commented that shoulder surfers made working remotely an uncomfortable experience, of whom almost a quarter (23 per cent) felt strongly enough to call it a major annoyance. Over half (52 per cent) are simply ignoring the problem and are allowing strangers to view potentially sensitive business information. At the other end of the spectrum more than a fifth (22 per cent) would be agitated enough to sacrifice productivity and turn off the laptop.

At the Security Forum, all delegates will be issued with a complimentary Vikuiti Privacy Filter from 3M to demonstrate just how simple and effective they are for helping to protect on-screen information from unauthorised viewing. The filter fits neatly over the laptop screen, and can be readily removed and stored when privacy is not required. The filters are specifically designed to allow an unrestricted view for the user but prevent others positioned to the side or viewing over their shoulder from seeing what is on the screen.
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