HP, 3M Working on 'Visual Hack'-Proof PC Screens for 2016
The new screens, which can be toggled on and off, work similarly to traffic signals that are viewable only from straight on.Hewlett-Packard and 3M are teaming up for a new security product that will prevent wandering eyes from stealing information off your laptop screen. The two companies said Oct. 14 that they are now collaborating to integrate new 3M privacy screens into HP's notebook and laptop PCs. The new screens, which work similarly to traffic signals that are viewable only from straight on, are expected to be ready for market sometime next year. HP and 3M are making a newly coined issue, "visual hacking," the enemy in this initiative. "With more and more PCs being used in public places, visual hacking–the act of collecting confidential information by looking at someone else's screen–is a paramount security risk," Alex Cho, HP's vice president and general manager of commercial PCs, told eWEEK. "All a 'visual hacker' has to do is see a key subject line, an infographic or other piece of information in order for private information to be marginalized.
"This new project is designed to not only protect the privacy of the individual user, but also provides security for valuable company assets."