Kensington has expanded its line of privacy screens for MacBooks, iMac, and Studio Displays. These help narrow the viewing area so prying eyes can’t see what’s on your screen while you are working in a public place.
Kensington is introducing three new products: the SA270 Privacy Screen for Studio Display (K50740WW), SA240 Privacy Screen for iMac 24” (K55170WW), and MagPro Elite Magnetic Privacy Screen for MacBook Air 2022 (K58374WW).
Privacy screens help protect you against something called visual hacking, when nefarious individuals view and access, even take photos of, confidential or sensitive data while you work in a public space, or even your own office. This is especially important nowadays with many people working on a hybrid schedule, possibly in an office with others they don’t know or setting up temporary shop in the local coffee shop during the lunch hour. Kensington cites a 2016 Ponemon Institute survey that discovered confidential data was accessed in more than 90% of cases when a screen was exposed. In half those incidents, it only took the hacker 15 minutes to harvest the sensitive data they just accessed.
Kensington privacy screens are easy to install, detach, and reattach, limiting viewing angles by as much as +/- 30° while also reducing harmful blue light by up to 30%. The low reflective coating, with one side that has a matte finish, helps ease eye strain and diminish glare from outside light sources while the other glossy side helps provide a clear view of the monitor or screen. The screens also serve another purpose: protecting the screen from scratches, dust, and smudges.
The MagPro Elite Magnetic Privacy Screens for MacBook conveniently and easily attaches to, and detaches from, the MacBook frame without the use of adhesives. Even with the privacy screen attached, the MacBook can close completely to enter sleep mode.
“While the implementation of hybrid and remote work policies can provide greater flexibility and increased productivity for businesses and their employees, the ability to conduct work in public spaces such as coffee shops and on public transportation greatly increases the chance that a company’s confidential or sensitive data may be compromised,” says Santiago DelPortillo, Global Sales Engineer at Kensington. “As an increasing percentage of the workforce shifts to remote work policies, businesses understand the challenges of this new normal and are taking proactive steps to protect their businesses through the increasing deployment of privacy screens and other data protection solutions.”