If you have an old computer you want to get rid of, it’s important to remove all your personal data first. When you think about it, it’s not just computers that contain personal information – devices such as smartphones, tablets, pen drives, and even game consoles contain personal data. Many people replace their mobile devices as often as every year, without securely removing data first.
In a computer security context, shoulder surfing is a commonly used technique of stealing information simply by using observation, such as looking over someone’s shoulder. Most people are careless and ignorant of their surroundings while in public places such as Wi-Fi hotspots, airplanes and airport lounges. By observing what you are browsing, such as business plans, client details or any sensitive data, that information can easily be stolen or used against you.
What kind of information can be stolen by shoulder surfing?