Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) and 3M Co (NYSE:MMM) come together to integrate privacy screens in future laptops

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Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) and 3M Co (NYSE:MMM) have identified a problem that they think they can solve together – visual hacking. When you are working in a communal place, many eyes can steal a look on your screen, and you can’t be sure what agenda the visual hackers have against you. To keep you safe from visual thieves, Hewlett-Packard has figured out how to implement privacy screens in its future line of laptops.

The advent of cloud computing and the rise of mobiles have meant that you have greater flexibility to carry on with your work anywhere. Many people working on laptops and similar mobile devices have in place systems that protect them from data hacking. However, cover against visual hacking is never a priority for most people, or solutions are not widely available. That’s a problem. Thankfully Hewlett-Packard is teaming up with 3M to help on that front.

Restricting unauthorized viewing

Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) and 3M are working on a technology that will enable you prevent people from secretly looking on your laptop screen to steal information or credentials. Hewlett-Packard intends to build the privacy screen feature in its line of business laptops coming out next year.

The visual security feature on laptops will restrict unauthorized viewing by turning the screen on and off.

Threat of visual hacking

Although visual hacking doesn’t get as much mention as other forms of hacking, it is a serious threat. It is said that about 90% of visual hacking attempts are successful, and it is characterized by loss of credentials and business deal secrets.

Mainstream laptops

It is not exactly clear at this juncture how much extra Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) will charge for the privacy screen feature. However, the company said that the feature will be available in mainstream laptops, which should mean that you won’t need to break a bank to get it.

Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) is in the process of separating its Enterprise business from the slow-growth computer and printer unit. As such, the idea of privacy screens seems to be part of the company’s efforts to revitalize its computer business.

Neha Gupta

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