You don’t have to be working in a multimillion-pound corporation to find yourself dealing with sensitive data. Your passwords, online ID, address, and other personal information are all at risk of falling into the wrong hands. Similarly, allowing the personal data of clients and customers to be compromised could see you at risk of prosecution or losing your job.
However, while most of us are aware of the threat posed by online hackers, ‘visual hacking’ is one of the easiest ways for someone to gain access to valuable data. Put simply, visual hacking is someone stealing a look at your screen and either memorising or noting down what they see. Adding monitor privacy screens to your workplace is a quick and convenient way to minimise that possibility.
Computer privacy screens are made from Polyethylene Terephthalate, a type of plastic that restricts the vibrations of light waves so that, from certain angles, their source cannot be seen. Usually, monitor privacy screens polarise light to restrict the angle of view to around 30° which means that, unless you’re sitting directly in front of the monitor, all you’re likely to see is a blank screen. Self-adhesive, they’re easy to install; simply peel off the backing and stick them across the monitor. While the mesh sheet won’t affect the user’s view, parts of the mesh, known as micro louvres, are slanted to obscure some of the pixels on show, when viewed from a certain angle.
In addition to keeping data secure while on-screen, computer privacy screens have an additional benefit. As they restrict the amount of blue light emitted by computer monitors, they can help to minimise the potential for eye-strain. Symptoms of this can include blurry vision, problems with sleeping, and even cataracts. Even if you’re not dealing with sensitive data, installing these screens on your PC or laptop can have a significant impact on your wellbeing and eye health.
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