HP's plan to keep onlookers from seeing what's on your laptop screen goes on sale soon

HP will offer two of its business-themed Windows 10 laptops, the EliteBook 1040 and EliteBook 840, with its new Sure View integrated privacy screens, sometime in September.

HP announced its collaboration with 3M to create this technology in October 2015. Sure View integration in these two notebooks has been designed to keep visual hackers, or anyone else who is just generally nosey, from looking at the content displayed on these laptops:

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.

HP added that the threat of hackers taking personal and sensitive information by just looking at a laptop screen is quite real:

Visual hacking is a real threat to a company's sensitive data, as demonstrated by the "Global Visual Hacking Experiment," a recent study conducted by the Ponemon Institute, sponsored by 3M. The study cited that 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. Visual hacking can also impact employee productivity, given almost 60 percent of employees take their work outside of office walls. A similar study by Ponemon Institute and sponsored by 3M also found that employees using a visual privacy solution can be twice as productive when working in close proximity to others.

HP did not state how much it would cost to add the Sure View option to the EliteBook 1040 and EliteBook 840 laptops.

John Callaham
  • Great
  • Cool
  • So they took a feature that used to be terrible on old screens and called it innovation.
  • Literally a privacy screen where the world works on VPNs.
  • Just do what edward snowdon does, chuck a towel over your head and laptop :P or one of these.. https://3.bp.blogspot.com/_xR-Lcz-6tB0/Sjo2i0cbz0I/AAAAAAAACKU/bRxtx5Aqt...
  • It's the ability to turn it off and on that makes it innovative.
  • Why not just switch to a blank virtual desktop?
  • I would guess because the person behind the screen can still see everything and keep working private. Those standing to the sides of you will not be able to read the screen.
  • Why not just make an eyewear to view stuff in (as the onlookers view it) the blank screen
  • Haha that's awesome but you've seen how that works with those glasses or decoders that filter out a certain color to reveal a hidden message that you find in a cereal box surprise.
  • Listen to me, all I do is run him or her backside from beside me if i don't want to share what's on my screen.
  • hmm this just reminded me of the HoloLens. I wonder about the security and privacy of it. But in regard to your response, why should we have to take such measures? It's a nifty concept but a little backwards lol
  • Protecting our privacy is a real deal in the evolving techno space. This kind of screen gimmick does nothing but leave the users' eyes wide opened, wondering...
  • Yes, it is a real concern but imagine a world where we all have our screens blank to hide from others; it's a sad thought. I'm as paranoid as, well, I just am, but I realized long ago (thanks to the arrival of Facebook) that privacy is dead. We can take precautions, but the real solution of this "visual hacking" is to be respectful of others as we were at some point And for manufacturers, employers, and everyone to spread this message.
  • By backwards, I meant that instead of the user viewing the screen and everyone else not is how it should be.
  • A lot of people work on planes and trains, theis is to protect them a little.
  • Lol visual hacking. I like this and it is somewhat of a downgrade but a good one. An active screen draws attention anywhere. People are curious and it bothers the hell out of me anytime someone approaches and their eyes direct to my screen. What's the point of having a personal account and securing local access to it if everyone around me has "visual" access to it and what I'm doing? Especially with larger monitors :/
  • "Visual hacking" does sound a bit ridiculous. "Teacher! Bobby is visually hacking my answers on the test!"
  • Bobby could also be a pervert!! ;)
  • lol true but that still violates privacy :P
  • I dont disagree, was just being silly :)
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  • I was going to say something about just using a $5 privacy screen from 3M, but it turns out those privacy screens are more expensive than I originally thought (benefit of having my employer give everyone one for their laptop I guess).  So there may in fact be a market for this assuming they don't mark it up too much.