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Laptop privacy survey of travelling IT journalists.

3M Privacy Filters : 18 March, 2008  (Technical Article)
3M reveals corporate data privacy concerns in using laptops in public places and gives away free privacy filters to first 250 visitors to the 3M stand at InfoSecurity Europe.
3M will unveil exciting new research on the commuting behaviour of laptop-using IT journalists at Infosecurity Europe 2008. In an effort to raise awareness of the security risks associated with working on laptops in public places, 3M will also give away complimentary privacy filters to the first 250 visitors that come to Stand J128 each day (ready with their laptop make and model).

There are around two and a half million laptop users in the UK and 42 per cent of them are using their laptops on public transport for at least five hours a week. To delve deeper into the behaviour of laptop users during their commute to work and to unearth firm evidence of on-screen data exposure as a serious security problem, 3M is conducting a survey with the UK's tech-savvy media community.

"With this survey we are aiming to tackle the mobile security issue up front," commented Nick Hughes, Business Development Manager of 3M's Optical Systems business. "At present companies are investing significantly in network security but little or no attention is given to computer screen security. Rather than being an emotive or individual purchase, IT security professionals should recognise the true value of specifying privacy filters in their company security policies."

The Vikuiti Privacy Filter from 3M helps protect sensitive 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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