Saturday, 27 August 2016

HP launches laptop to stop visual hacking

HP Inc. today unveiled the world’s only PCs with integrated privacy screens[i]. HP Sure View, a new option on the HP EliteBook1040 and HP EliteBook 840, helps protect against visual hacking with the press of a single button.

“As today’s workforce moves away from exclusively working in office environments to more public locations, hackers are using visual hacking, which allows them to collect confidential information by looking at someone else’s screen,” said Benoit Bonnafy, vice president, Business Personal Systems EMEA, HP Inc. “The addition of HP Sure View to our security solutions on Elite notebooks gives customers peace of mind and the freedom to work where they choose without fear of exposing sensitive data.”

Developed with 3M privacy technology, HP Sure View eliminates the need to carry additional tools to guard sensitive information. Users simply press the f2 key to immediately transition the PC to privacy mode, which reduces up to 95 percent of visible light when viewed at an angle, making it difficult for others to view information on the screen.

Visual hacking is a real threat to a company’s sensitive data, as demonstrated by a recent global study by the Ponemon Institute and 3M. Nine out of 10 attempts to acquire sensitive business information using only visual means were successful, with nearly four pieces of private information visually hacked per trial[ii]. Visual hacking can also impact employee productivity, given almost 60 percent of employees take their work outside of office walls[iii]. A similar study by Ponemon Institute and 3M found that employees using a visual privacy solution can be twice as productive when working in close proximity to others[iv].

HP Sure View helps users work confidently from any location without fear of data on the screen being exposed to others. Building this technology directly into the device can assist help companies better comply with regulatory requirements, specifically for businesses in healthcare, public sector and finance.

“As the threat of data privacy evolves, more and more organizations are taking the issue of visual hacking seriously,” said Makoto Ishii, vice president and general manager, Display Materials and Systems Division, 3M. “Designed with more than 20 years of 3M optical films technology experience incorporated into the privacy screen, HP Sure View helps address the concern of protecting sensitive information through a world-class solution tailor-made for open work environments and for the mobile worker.”

HP Sure View is another solution in a string of firsts and bests coming from the company, including the world’s thinnest notebook with the HP Spectre 13[v], the world’s thinnest business notebook with the HP EliteBook Folio[vi], and the world’s first built for business 3-in-1 with the HP Elite x3[vii].