How to Prevent Visual Hacking

May 10, 2022

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Although technology has advanced quite a bit over the last decade, you don’t have to be an expert to hack someone’s private information. All you really need is a quick look, and boom you are in. Visual hacking is a problem for many companies and a study performed by 3M and the Ponemon Institute showed that 52% of sensitive information was visually hacked from an employee’s computer screen. So, unfortunately this is not an uncommon hacking tactic, but there are things you can do to mitigate risk:

  • Desk: Consider where your employees are located throughout the office. If you were to walk around, would it be easy to see the contents of their screen? Consider rearranging the desks to include more privacy. 
  • Lock Screen: Ensure your team has a password for their computer with a lock screen that comes on after a few minutes of inactivity. This way, if an employee forgets to lock their computer when taking a break, they will be less susceptible to visual hacking. 
  • Visitor: If you have non-company personnel in and out of the office, make sure they are always attended by someone and not left to roam around. They might not be after anything, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.  
  • Be aware: Hacking doesn’t just happen at work. It can happen anywhere you go, so it’s important to be vigilant with sensitive information at all times.

While visual hacking may not be the first thing that pops into your head when you think of hacking, it is something that you should take seriously as 91% of all visual hacking attempts are successful. For more information about how you can keep your facility protected contact us at (210) 495-1950 or email us at We are happy to help.