How to Hide a Laptop Display

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How to Hide a Laptop Display
If you use your latop in public, it is important to prevent strangers from viewing the screen. (working on the laptop outside image by Alexey Klementiev from

It is annoying when you are hard at work on your laptop at a local cafe or library and a stranger is lurking nearby, trying to peek at your laptop screen. If you do not protect your laptop's display, you run the risk of exposing bank statements, passwords or your private photos to a total stranger. Protecting your privacy and safeguarding your information from prying eyes can be easily done with a privacy screen guard.

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  • Privacy screen guard kit

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    Purchase a privacy screen guard from your local computer or electronics store. A screen guard allows only the person sitting directly in front of the computer to view the screen. According to Yale University Information Technology, a screen guard is an effective way to safeguard your privacy. People nearby will not be able to read your screen because they will be viewing at an angle. The screen guard is designed to show a darkened surface to any person who attempts to view the screen from an angle.

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    Fasten the screen guard holding clips around the perimeter of your laptop screen to secure the privacy screen guard in place. The holding clips will be supplied with the privacy screen guard kit.

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    Slide the privacy screen guard into place. When you are finished using your laptop or when strangers are not lurking nearby, you can slide the screen guard off and place it into your laptop bag for later use.

Tips and warnings

  • If you do not want to purchase a screen guard, you can obscure your laptop display by sitting in a corner or using a suitcase or jacket to hide the screen from strangers.

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