Doug Bedell — October 23, 2019, 2:30 pm

Around Digital Devices, Don’t Be a ‘Creeper’ or ‘Peeker’


ThreatPost.com exposes an inclination we’re all aware of, but wouldn’t admit to – “creeping” on PC screens and “peeking” at documents found in printer trays.

Curiosity gets the best of us digitally, as well as in other ways. A survey commissioned by Hewlett-Packard as part of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month confirmed our computer quirks. It found that “people are generally quite protective about their own private data in the workplace and online even as we live more and more of our lives publicly. However, they also tend to encroach on others’ privacy when given the opportunity as a result of basic human nature.”

This is all in a report entitled “HP Creepers and Peekers”. And as cell phones get bigger, include them too.

“This study looks to better understand a more prevalent threat than third-party, online-targeted hacking: in-person ‘hacking’ – driven by human curiosity. Understanding this “creeping/peeking” behavior will help HP create and lead an authentic conversation around this topic.

Give it a look, and consider it seriously.

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