New York Times: Why You Can’t Stop Looking at Other People’s Screens

New York Times: Why You Can’t Stop Looking at Other People’s Screens. “Other people’s screens have changed the phenomenon of ‘shoulder surfing’ — peeking over shoulders, often with malicious intent — or so a team of researchers at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich surmised. Shoulder surfing is why your passwords show up as dots or asterisks when you type them out on your computer or your phone. But most of the literature on it is security-focused, a response, perhaps, to questions of how best to safeguard one’s information, during a time before portable screens.”

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